CEDAR CITY – The Iron County School District voted unanimously Wednesday evening to grant Intermountain Healthcare the bid to put an athletic trainer in each of the three high schools in the county – Cedar High, Canyon View High and Parowan High.
An athletic trainer is a health care professional that provides expertise in injury prevention, evaluation of existing injuries, first aid and emergency care, and the recovery and rehabilitation of injuries.
Most schools provide an athletic trainer that is hired through the institution. The collaboration with the Iron County School District and Intermountain Healthcare is a unique opportunity for the area.
Iron County families will be surprised at the value an athletic trainer will be to a high school, said Ted Hugunin, director of rehabilitation services at Dixie Regional Medical Center.
“It’s a huge layer of security and education about preventing injuries,” Hugunin said, “the resource and the reassurance that a student athlete is getting the right care at the right time.”
The school district agreed to pay $7,000 a year to each of the three high schools for their trainers, while Intermountain Healthcare will pay the rest of the trainer salary, benefits package, trainings and supplies.
After the hiring process, a two-month orientation will take place to prepare trainers for the upcoming high school football season.
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