Happy National Athletic Training Month to Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Kyle Ford!
Kyle has been with Encore for 6 years. Originally from Louin, MS, he currently provides sports medicine services at Muscle Shoals High School.
Kyle earned his Athletic Training degree as well as a Masters Degree in Health and Human Performance from The University of West Alabama. He has been certified for 12 years. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, gaming, kayaking and weightlifting.
When asked why he chose athletic training as a career, Kyle shares, “As a senior in high school, I tore my ACL playing football. I paid a visit to Dr Sony Rush in Meridian, MS for further evaluation and afterwards I knew I wanted a career in the sports medicine field. I chose athletic training because overall it is a career in the sports field where I can be around athletes all day everyday.”
We are proud to have Kyle on the Encore Sports Medicine Team! Thank you for all you do for Muscle Shoals High School and our community!
Happy National Athletic Training Month to Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist Beth Moore!
Beth has been with Encore for 5 years. Originally from Haleyville, AL, she provides sports medicine services to Haleyville High School. Beth also serves as the Regional Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy Coordinator for the Haleyville, Russellville and Muscle Shoals areas.
Beth earned her Bachelors of Science from the University of North Alabama. She received her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Mobile and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Alabama State University. Beth has been a certified Athletic Trainer for 22 years. In her free time, she enjoys attending ALL sporting events!
When asked why she chose athletic training as a career, Beth shares, “I love both playing and watching sports. I tore both ACLs in high school while playing basketball. We did not have any athletic trainers or physical therapy providers. I wanted to be able to stay around sports while helping athletes get back to the sports they love.”
We are proud to have Beth on the Encore Sports Medicine Team! Thank you for all you do for Haleyville High School and the community you serve!
Happy National Athletic Training Month to Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer McCayla Richards!
McCayla is originally from Winfield, Alabama. She currently provides sports medicine services to Marion County High School. You may also see her on the sidelines of other nearby schools.
McCayla earned her Athletic Training degree from The University of Alabama. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and family. She also enjoys going to the gym and playing golf.
When asked why she chose athletic training as a career, McCayla shares, “I chose athletic training as a career because of my passion for helping and serving others. I always knew growing up that I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. I was encouraged by Melinda Wilson to pursue athletic training when I was a freshman in college. After hearing her describe this career, and seeing the impact she had not only on her athletes, but on myself and others in our community, I knew I wanted to become an athletic trainer.”
We are proud to have McCayla on our Encore Sports Medicine Team. Thank you for all you do for Marion County High School and in the community!
Happy National Athletic Training Month to Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Korlan Trull!
Korlan has been with Encore for 1 year. He is originally from Vernon, Alabama. He currently provides sports medicine services to Berry High School, Hubbertville High School, Fayette High School and Bevill State Community College.
Korlan earned his Athletic Training degree from the University of West Alabama. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, hunting and fishing.
When asked why he chose athletic training as a career, Korlan shares, “I chose athletic training because I was once an injured athlete. It meant the world to me to have someone that was there on the spot to help me out and I hope that what I do means the same for my athletes.”
We are proud to have Korlan on the Encore Sports Medicine Team! Thank you for all you do for ALL of your schools and the communities within these schools!
Happy National Athletic Training Month to Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Kaylea McGuire Johnson!
Kaylea has been with Encore 6 years. Originally from Fayette, AL, she provides sports medicine services to Winfield City High School as well as Brilliant High School.
Kaylea earned her Athletic Training degree from the University of West Alabama. She also attended Kent State University where she received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree. She has been certified for 7 years as an athletic trainer. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with my family and working out.
When asked why she chose athletic training as a career, Kaylea shares, “I have always been involved with athletics and knew that I wanted to be in the medical field. I stumbled upon athletic training and I instantly fell in love. Being able to provide care to young athletes who are injured, watching them progress to recovery and return to play is a process that I am grateful to be a part of. My most favorite aspect of this job is watching my athletes grow and turn into successful young men and women. I hope that I can be a positive influence on their lives.”
We are proud to have Kaylea on the Encore Sports Medicine Team! Thank you for all you do for Winfield City High School and Brilliant High School and ALL the communities you serve.
Happy National Athletic Training Month to Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Gage Brewer!
Gage has been with Encore Rehabilitation for 5 years. Originally from Houston, AL, he currently provides sports medicine services at Russellville High School.
Gage earned his Athletic Training degree from The University of West Alabama. He has been certified for 8 years. In his spare time, he enjoys watching Auburn Athletics, camping and golf.
When asked why he chose athletic training as a career, Gage shares, “My junior year of high school, I broke my arm in a car wreck and had to miss that football season. After surgery, I was prescribed physical therapy. I had a wonderful team of Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Athletic Trainers to get me healed and ready to play in time for baseball season. After that I knew I wanted to work with athletes and help them return to sports like those that helped me. Athletic training has been the perfect outlet for me to do so.”
We are proud to have Gage on the Encore Sports Medicine Team. Thank you for all you do for Russellville High School and our community!
Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. and Encore Sports Medicine are proud to celebrate March as National Athletic Training Month! We would like to say thank you to each of our Certified Athletic Trainers for all they do everyday to support safe and successful play!
In honor of National Athletic Training Month, here are four things to know about athletic trainers. **
They are healthcare professionals. Athletic Trainers work with individuals who are physically active or involved in sports participation through all stages of life. They prevent, treat and help rehabilitate musculoskeletal injuries as well as sports and work-related illnesses and medical conditions. Athletic trainers abide by HIPAA and FERPA laws, and are recognized as allied health care professionals by the American Medical Association, Health Resources Services Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The welfare of patients is their top priority. Athletic trainers work with patients to prevent injuries. If a patient is injured, they work with physicians to provide care and rehabilitate the patient back to life before the injury as fast and as safely as possible. Brain and spinal cord injuries and conditions such as heat illness can be life-threatening if not recognized and properly handled. Athletic trainers are there to immediately address emergencies.
Taping and ice is a small part of what athletic trainers do. Athletic trainers also coordinate and carry out injury prevention programs, prepare athletes for practices and games, communicate with physicians about injuries, help treat and rehabilitate injured players, help determine return to play for injured athletes, monitor environment and weather conditions, develop and execute emergency action plans and are first responders on the scene.
Education is a huge part of becoming an athletic trainer. Academic curriculum and clinical training for athletic trainers follow the medical model. They must have a minimum of a four-year degree from a CAATE-accredited program and be certified by the Board of Certification (BOC) through an exam. More than 70 percent of athletic trainers have surpassed the minimum requirement and have earned a master’s degree. By 2020, all CAATE-accredited programs will be offered at the master’s level only. Every two years, athletic trainers are required to complete Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to maintain their athletic training certification with the BOC.
For over 40 years, Encore Sports Medicine has provided care to athletes across Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Tennessee. We LOVE to see you move! Want to know move about our Sports Medicine programs? Visit our website for Sports Medicine Programs or call Gary Barfield at 404-933-4336.