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Athletic Training

Effingham County High School Athletic Training

Kaitlyn Helmey is our current athletic trainer.

The Sports Medicine Department at Effingham County High School provides quality health care to the student athletes of Effingham. The sports medicine staff strives to protect and return the injured student athlete to sport participation as quickly and safely as possible. The athletic training staff possesses knowledge in injury prevention; injury recognition, evaluation, and assessment; immediate care; and the treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning of athletic injuries.  The staff maintains current in knowledge and skills through participation in regular in-services and attendance at educational conferences annually.

What is an athletic trainer?

Certified athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity.  As part of a complete health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents.

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum.  Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition.  Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences.  More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.

Athletic training is not the same profession as personal training And certified athletic trainers work with more than just athletes – they can be found just about anywhere that people are physically active. 

To become certified athletic trainers, students must pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification.  Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. 

Team Physicians

David N. Palmer, MD

Team Orthopedist

Optim Orthopedics

Medical School & Internship
University of Florida
Gainsville, FL

University of Missouri at Kansas City
Kansas City, MO

Trauma – Medical College of Virginia
Richmond, VA

Board Certification
Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Professional Memberships
American Medical Association
Southern Medical Association
Georgia Orthopedic Society


Lyle Myers, PA, ATC

Physician Assistant to Dr. David Palmer