Athletic Trainer: Kelsey Gleich
Location: West building; across from The Cove, between the two locker rooms
Fall Sports: M-F: 3-3:45pm, down at football practice 3:45-6pm
Winter Sports: M-F: 3-6pm
Spring Sports: M-F: 3-6pm
What is an athletic trainer?
An athletic trainer is a licensed health care professional who collaborates with physicians to provide injury prevention, clinical diagnosis, emergency care, and treatment, management, and education of athletic injuries.
Athletic Training Services at Southwest:
TRIA Orthopedic Center works with the Minneapolis Public Schools District to provide an athletic trainer for all of the high schools. As the athletic trainer at Southwest I provide medical services to all student-athletes from any sport and provide game coverage for the following:
All levels of football
Track & Field
Athletic training services include first aid and wound care, evaluation of athletic injuries, care, and management of injuries, referrals for advanced medical care. Management of injuries includes but not limited to strengthening, rehabilitation and bracing/taping of injuries.
If your child has an appointment with a health care provider for any injury it is required by the governing body of high school sports, the Minnesota State High School League, to obtain a signed document by the attending healthcare provider indicating your child’s participation status. This includes all physicians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, and chiropractors. The school (including coaches) cannot let your child participate until the doctor’s note is turned in.
I highly recommend an orthopedic or sports medicine trained physician for any injury your child sustains. As a TRIA employee, I can help facilitate scheduling an appointment for quicker, easier access to our TRIA physicians. TRIA also has a walk-in clinic known as the Orthopedic Urgent Care, open from 8am-8pm.
Baseline concussion testing is offered for all student-athletes with priority for high-risk sports. The online platform ImPACT is used for our baseline concussion tests in conjunction with TRIA’s Sports Concussion Program. Each contact sport is tested, we schedule the testing as a team through the coach.
Concussions are an injury to the brain that results in impaired function such as memory loss, decreased balance, difficulty concentrating, difficulty regulating emotions, etc. Direct contact and/or loss of consciousness are not necessary for an athlete to sustain a concussion. This type of injury is a functional injury rather than a structural one. Meaning that this injury will not be seen with advanced imaging such as MRI or CT scans.
Common Symptoms of concussion include:
|Nausea||Difficulty remembering||Feeling of fogginess|
|Feeling of unbalance||Sensitivity to the noise||Sensitivity to the light|
|More emotional than normal||Drowsy/sleeping more than normal|
More information can be found at CDC Concussion Information
All return to play decisions regarding concussions will be made by the athletic trainer following the TRIA Sports Concussion Program and MSHSL policies. These policies include a return to play protocol which is a stepwise progression of exercise/activity. Only one step can be completed each day with a 24 hour period between each step.
Step 1: Symptom-free at rest and at school
Step 2: Light aerobic activity such as biking or jogging
Step 3: Sport specific activity and increased intensity activity
Step 4: Non-contact practice and/or another step up in the intensity of practice (for non-contact sports)
Step 5: Contact practice and/or a non-restricted practice
Step 6: Return to competition and games