Three Lake Regional Orthopedics and Sports Medicine athletic trainers, from left, Joshua Lammert, ATC, LAT, CSCS; Kaelin Hood, ATC, LAT; and Zach Greco, ATC, LAT provide athletic training services for student-athletes and attend practices and games at three area schools, at no cost to the school districts. (submitted photo)

Parents can’t always be on the sidelines helping student athletes through injuries. But at Camdenton R-III, Morgan County R-II and School of the Osage school districts, parents take comfort knowing Lake Regional athletic trainers are there to care for their kids.
March is National Athletic Training Month, a time to recognize the health care professionals who specialize in preventing, assessing, treating and rehabilitating injuries. Athletic trainers also administer first aid and emergency care. Unlike personal trainers, who may or may not have higher education, athletic trainers must earn a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, as well as board certification and state licensure.
Three Lake Regional Health System athletic trainers cover practices and games for the area schools. Joshua Lammert serves Camdenton R-III, Kaelin Hood serves Morgan County R-II, and Zach Greco serves School of the Osage. Lake Regional Orthopedics and Sports Medicine provides the services of all three athletic trainers at no cost to the schools.
Athletic trainers use several strategies to minimize student injuries. To start, they provide education to coaching staff and athletes on such topics as heat illness and concussion prevention. They also arrive at games and practices early to help with stretching, taping and other preventive measures. Then, during practices and games, they keep a close watch on the athletes, including those on the opposing team. If there’s an injury, they assess the athlete and, if necessary, start treatment.
Jessica Ollison mentioned the benefit of fewer doctor’s visits. Her daughter, Maris, is in softball, basketball and track at Versailles High School.
“It is reassuring to have a trained professional give immediate assessment and care,” Ollison said. “Without trainers, I feel like there would be an insurmountable number of unnecessary emergency room trips.”
Ollison also is the head volleyball coach at Versailles and shared that perspective.
“As a coach, I cannot imagine not having an athletic trainer,” she said. “I am not medically trained, and it makes my job so much easier to send an athlete to Kaelin instead of trying to figure out what might be wrong.”
The Lake Regional athletic trainers say one of the best parts of their job is building relationships. They interact with the students day after day, helping them at practices and cheering them on at games.
Ollison said her daughter has been so impressed with Hood that she now wants to become an athletic trainer.
“It is obvious that Kaelin pours her heart and soul into her athletes, and her passionate disposition is what led my daughter to consider following in her footsteps,” Ollison said. “I think it says a ton about a person when others aspire to be like them.”
Greco, Hood and Lammert work with student athletes in the following sports at Camdenton R-III, Morgan County R-II and School of the Osage.
On the high school level, they cover football, cross country, track and field, volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball, wrestling, tennis (not in Versailles), and soccer (not in Versailles). At the middle school, they cover football, track and field, basketball, and wrestling.