Athletic trainers coming to all Hamilton County high schools this fall

Brainerd coach Tyrus Ward makes his way down the stadium steps before a home game against Tyner this past Friday. Ward's first season leading the football program at his alma mater has included only one win, but there are other signs of progress for the Panthers, both on and off the field.

For years, at some Hamilton County public schools, when a player is injured at practice or during a game, it has been the coaches who respond. Coaches often spend time taping ankles and wrists, applying ice and working through player injuries - things they have knowledge about how to do, but aren't experts in or officially trained to do.

Some high schools have athletic trainers, professionals who are trained to provide such services, but such staffing hasn't been consistent in the district. In the fall, that will change for 14 Hamilton County high schools.

Schools covered by athletic training program

Brainerd High SchoolCentral High SchoolChattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, UpperEast Hamilton High SchoolEast Ridge High SchoolHixson High SchoolLookout Valley High SchoolOoltewah High SchoolRed Bank High SchoolSale Creek High SchoolSignal Mountain High SchoolSoddy-Daisy High SchoolThe Howard SchoolTyner Academy

The board approved a contract with Erlanger Health Systems last week for the hospital system to provide trainers for the district's schools.