Athletic Trainers In High Schools

The shocking death of a star football player in Eastern Carolina created a call for one school system to hire athletic trainers for all high schools.

J.H Rose High School football player Jaquan Waller of Greenville died from Second Impact Syndrome in September 2008. Authorities say Waller suffered a head injury in practice and another during a Friday night football game.

Two state lawmakers introduced a bill in the State Senate, Wednesday, to require and fund athletic trainers for every public high school in the state. The bill says it is the "expectation of parents that there be quality and immediate care for a student athlete in case of a medical emergency."

After Waller's tragic death, Pitt County Schools officials said they endeavored to hire trainers for the six high schools, though big budget cuts have put that goal in jeopardy.

If the measure in the State Senate became law, the state would have to fund salaries for trainers.

State Senator Don Davis is a co-sponsor of the bill. Davis represents Pitt, Greene and Wayne Counties.

You can read the text of the bill by clicking here.


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  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Mar 29, 2009 at 06:14 PM
    The North Carolina High School Athletic Assoc. has about $13 million in the bank at last count. Money they have fleeced from the high schools for years. I think they should pay at least some of the cost.
  • by Mary Location: Chocowinity on Mar 26, 2009 at 11:06 PM
    AHH, just call it a Stimulas package, Obuma will print you some money and solve this little problem for Athletic trainers in all public schools across the State. He is going to handle and take care of everything, aren't things just GREAT??
  • by concerned Location: citizen on Mar 26, 2009 at 02:05 PM
    What about middle schools? Are they going to be served by traininers in any capacity?
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Mar 26, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    This is a good idea. However, our Governor is robbing the education money from the lottery and slashing education jobs at the same time. How then are we the taxpayers going to pay for this? There is no doubt that an athletic trainer would be valuable, but who is going to pay for it? China? Our legislators cannot continue to say "let's do it" and not have a way to pay for it. America is dealing with that now and will continue to until China ask for our children to pay up.
  • by Christopher Perry Location: Bertie on Mar 26, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    I am a football and baseball player at Bertie High School.I thank it is very importent to have a athlietic trainer on the feeld at all times. Tuseday night we had a yong man get het in the head by a pich. We had a trainer thair to help.
  • by AT-C Location: North Carolina on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:04 AM
    To "Ace" in Plymouth: You probably supported PHS's football team when they were in the state playoffs. Just remember that for many student athletes, the only way they can "pay" for college is through their athletic scholarships. You are wrong. Athletics does contribute to a student's knowledge. It teaches them self-discipline, patience, organization, responsibility, and teamwork. I see it first hand every day.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Mar 26, 2009 at 05:08 AM
    More money for schools that does not contribute to student knowledge. Do away with sports that require hard contact. When was the last time there was a story in the news about how well students performed in their studies.
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