Athletic Trainers are licensed and certified health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
Injuries are an inherent part of any athletic activity, whether it is conditioning, weight lifting, practicing, or competing in games. Bexley Athletics' trainer Gail Swisher from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, works to prevent injuries, evaluates them when they do occur, oversees rehabilitation when it is needed, and then ensures safe return to participation for our injured student-athletes. Athletes may stop by the Athletic Training Room to get their expertise when injury needs arise.
Bexley's Nationwide Children's team assists the district's sports programs by providing athletes, teams, and coaches sport-specific exercises, enhancing performance and injury prevention. Hospital staff members conduct metric testing on student athletes to evaluate baseline movements, strength, power, and agility, and re-evaluate periodically throughout the year for gains in focus areas.
Ohio's Concussion in Youth Sports Law requires that all students participating on a school-sponsored athletic team and their parent/guardians sign the Student Athlete Concussion Information Form (for Interscholastic Activities) prior to the first practice, for each sport played. For more information about the Concussion in Youth Sports Law, visit OHSAA.org.
- Prevention of injuries
- Strengthens the immune system
- Decreased muscle tiredness and soreness
- Helps muscles heal and recover
- Improved energy levels
- Increased focus and attention span
Jeff Sydes, CSCS, is the Lead Sports Performance Specialist for Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports Medicine. He is a certified strength & conditioning specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Before coming to Children's, Jeff served as the fitness coordinator for New Albany High School, training all of its teams and athletes. Jeff also spent 2 years in the private sector working with youth, high school, collegiate and professional athletes in the greater Columbus area. He began his coaching career and worked several years at the division 1 collegiate level. His experiences included stints at the University of Kentucky, University of California Los Angeles and Arizona State University. Mr. Sydes earned his BA from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He also spent a year in the exercise science graduate school program at Arizona State University.