Athletic Training Services

Football player being cared for by an Athletic TrainerAccording to Centers for Disease Control, the number of high school students playing sports has increased to 7 million, and many more children play in middle school and summer sports leagues. The increased sports participation has brought a sharp rise in the chance of injury, as today’s student athletes are encouraged to become bigger, faster and stronger. Now more than ever, schools and athletic leagues turn to certified athletic trainers for help in injury recovery and - more importantly - injury prevention.

Today, athletes of all ages in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system, Alleghany County Schools, Wilkes County School system, Yadkin County Schools, Lexington Senior High School and some Guilford County High Schools receive treatment and injury prevention guidance through the Wake Forest Baptist Health Certified Athletic Trainer Program. Each high school has a dedicated Wake Forest Baptist athletic trainer that works with coaching staff, school nurses, athletic administrators, parents, and our Sports Medicine specialists to provide expert level care to student athletes.

"Certified athletic trainers are an integral part of our sports medicine team at Wake Forest Baptist Health,” says Heath Thornton, MD, Medical Director of the Athletic Training Outreach Program. “On the playing field or court, they act as our ‘eyes and ears,’ keeping athletes safe and healthy during practices, games, and beyond."

Certified athletic trainers are qualified to:

  • Help students prevent injury
  • Treat and rehabilitate injuries and athletic related illnesses
  • Recognize and evaluate head injuries and concussions
  • Offer nutritional counseling
  • Develop and implement comprehensive emergency action plans for when serious injuries occur                                                                                                                        

We’re proud to be the official Sports Medicine provider for the following high schools:

  • Atkins
  • Carver
  • East Forsyth
  • Glenn
  • Mount Tabor
  • North Forsyth
  • Parkland
  • Reagan
  • RJ Reynolds
  • Walkertown
  • West Forsyth
  • Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy
  • Lexington Senior
  • East Wilkes
  • North Wilkes
  • West Wilkes
  • Wilkes Central
  • High Point Central
  • Southwest Guilford
  • High Point Christian Academy
  • Ragsdale
  • Forbush
  • Starmount
  •  High Point Andrews
  • Alleghany
  •  Wesleyan Christian Academy
  •  Mt.Airy