High School sports fans may notice a new face or two on the sidelines.
Lake Regional Orthopedics and Sports Medicine welcomed athletic trainers, Katie Kittleson and Tera Mortiz, in August. The duo provides on-site support to Morgan County R-II, Camdenton R-III and School of the Osage.
In addition to sideline support during games, the athletic trainers provide education to coaching staff and athletes, including nutrition, proper injury taping techniques and spine board use. Before kickoff of the football season, Kittleson and Mortiz performed the state required baseline concussion testing at Morgan County R-II. The test is a way to gauge how well an athlete is recovering from a concussion.
Kittleson, who comes to Lake Regional from Wisconsin, has a master’s degree in athletic training and previously worked for the Arena Football League.
Moritz, from Illinois, earned a bachelor’s degree in science with a specialty in kinesiology and athletic training.
“With the addition of two athletic trainers, Lake Regional has increased access to care for the area’s young athletes,” said Melissa Stephens, practice administrator at Lake Regional Orthopedics. “They bring a skill set that greatly benefits the community. The injury prevention techniques they teach and their quick response to injuries during games can help keep young athletes off the injured list.”
Lake Regional Orthopedics and Sports Medicine also provides a Black and Blue clinic for athletes injured during Friday night games. The clinic, located at Lake Regional Physical Therapy on the second floor of the hospital, opens 8 a.m. Saturdays. Students wishing to be seen must arrive by 8 a.m. with a parent or guardian.
For more information, call 573-302-3990.