UNC Health Southeastern provides athletic trainers to the Public Schools of Robeson County’s six area high schools. UNC Health Southeastern recognized the importance of providing quality health care to in the student-athletes and this was a vital step in improving the health and well being of the students and student-athletes. The athletic trainers oversee the care of over 1,600 athletes for the PSRC. The athletic trainers have specialized training in the following areas: Acute Care of Injury and Illness, Injury Prevention, Assessment and Evaluation, Rehabilitation of Injuries, Nutritional Aspects, and Health Care Administration.
Athletic Training Contact Information
Caroline D. Taylor, MA, LAT, ATC-Supervisor
Matt Ferrell, MS, LAT, ATC-Lumberton High School
Sashah Davis, MA, LAT, ATC-Purnell Swett High School
Chris Green-LAT, ATC-St. Pauls High School
Brendon Jonsson, MS, LAT, ATC-Red Springs High School
Faith Johnson, MS, LAT, ATC-South Robeson High School
Heather Cook, LAT, ATC-Fairmont High School
UNC Health Southeastern provides sports physicals for all Robeson County High School athletes for a cost of $10. Physicals are usually done at each school during late May. Contact your school’s Athletic Trainer for dates and more information.
Athletic Training Summer Camp
The Athletic Training Staff holds an Athletic Training Camp each summer for high school students who are interested in the field of Athletic Training. This week long camp provides students with basic knowledge of the exciting field of Athletic Training including injury prevention, evaluation techniques, rehab, emergency procedures, and taping/bracing. After completing the camp, students are eligible to become Athletic Training Student Aides at their high schools. Contact your school’s Athletic Trainer for dates and more information.
Concussion Management Program
The Athletic Training Staff of UNC Health Southeastern implemented a Concussion Management Program to improve our concussion protocols, and to ensure proper care and treatment for student-athletes who experience concussions. Goals we have met through this program include increased awareness of concussions, improved communication with doctors, coaches, athletes, parents, teachers, and other school administrators, improved treatment and follow-up care, and ensuring a safe return to play for our student-athletes. Our Athletic Trainers follow the guidelines outlined in our concussion management policy, including the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act when treating student-athletes with suspected concussions. We also work closely with a local neurologist to ensure a safe return to play. Baseline testing is done on all athletes who participate in contact sports.
On April 29th, 2013 the Atheltic Training department received funding from UNC Health Southeastern’s Foundation to purchase the ImPACT software program. ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. ImPACT provides useful information to assist qualified practitioners in making sound return to play decisions following concussions. ImPACT Test Measures player symptoms; Measures verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time; Assists clinicians and athletic trainers in making difficult return-to-play decisions; Provides reliable baseline test information; Produces a comprehensive report of test results which are presented as a PDF file and can be emailed; Automatically stores data from repeat testing; Testing is administered online for individuals or groups. This program has assisted the athletic trainers in the management of concussions and assisting in returning the athletes safely back to participation.