Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education agreed Tuesday to collaborate
with Wake Forest Baptist Medical
Center to provide certified athletic trainers at public high
schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth
County Schools (WS/FCS) system.
Board has long looked to develop a sports medicine and athletic trainer program
for its high schools in an effort to prevent injuries and minimize the risk of
injuries to student athletes. To achieve uniformity in programming, care,
standards, and protocols provided to student athletes throughout the WS/FCS,
the Board saw Wake Forest Baptist as best to provide a certified athletic
trainer (ATC) program.
"We at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools are excited about
this opportunity," said Superintendent Beverly Emory. "We think this
partnership will be great for our schools and our students. We look forward to
working with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to live our core value of being
student-centered as we strive to provide our student athletes with quality
athletic training services."
outlined in the agreement, the ATCs will be employed by Wake Forest Baptist and
each assigned to one of the 12 WS/FCS high schools: Atkins High School; Carver
High School; East Forsyth High School; Glenn High School; Mount Tabor High
School; North Forsyth High School; Parkland High School; Reagan High School;
R.J. Reynolds High School; Walkertown High School; Winston-Salem Preparatory
Academy; and West Forsyth High School.
Forest Baptist will provide first consideration to applicants currently serving
as athletic trainers at the high schools for the new ATC positions.
addition to the 12 ATCs, Wake Forest Baptist will provide management, support
services, and additional personnel to the program including an AT coordinator,
a medical director and team physicians.
singular mission is to improve the health of our community,” said Kevin P. High, M.D.,
executive vice president, health system affairs, Wake Forest Baptist Health.
“We have been leaders in the field of sports medicine, pediatric trauma and
concussion research, and we see this as a natural extension of our expertise
and mission by providing a certified athletic trainer to serve at each high
Forest Baptist will also develop a concussion program tailored to meet the
needs of the high schools, and comply with all applicable laws governing
treatment of concussions, including the Gfeller-Waller
Concussion Awareness Act which requires that all interscholastic
athletic activities conducted by local boards of education meet requirements
when it comes to concussion education and emergency action; as well as
protocols for removal from play and return to practice for student athletes
following a concussion.
The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma
founded at Wake Forest Baptist supports and manages concussion education for athletic trainers, coaches, parents and
will continue to be very active in youth sports and recreation safety,” said
Bob Gfeller, the Executive Director of the Childress Institute and father of
Matthew Gfeller for whom the Gfeller-Waller Act is also named. “This
partnership will provide us with the opportunity to develop more educational
programming for the WS/FCS high schools to help our student athletes play it
minimum, the concussion program will provide all high school student athletes
with pre-season, baseline testing and additional testing if a concussion is
sustained or suspected.
this agreement, Wake Forest Baptist will continue to provide pre-participation
sports physicals for student athletes who are unable to obtain one from a
health care provider.
The initial agreement runs through June 30,