Athletic Trainers

Patient Focused. Physician Owned.

Optim Health System's Athletic Trainers have one main goal: to serve our athletes and their families in our local communities throughout Southeast Georgia. The safety of our Student Athletes both on and off the field is our number one priority.


Optim Health System’s Athletic Trainers are proud to partner with many local and surrounding area high schools and colleges to provide full-time licensed/certified athletic trainers (ATs) and physician services throughout Southeast Georgia. As an extra level of protection, Optim Sports Medicine is the only provider in the Southeast who implements ImPACT concussion testing free of charge at every partnering school. Our athletic trainers are certified ImPACT trained athletic trainers (ITAT). Optim is also an official supporter of the STOP SPORTS Injuries Campaign. We’re also very proud to be the official sports medicine sponsors for Georgia Southern Athletics Tormenta Soccer Club and Savannah United Soccer.

Athletic trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who work with physicians to offer preventative services, immediate emergency care, illness or injury services, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, and more. To become a certified athletic trainer, students are required to first earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. However, the majority of certified athletic trainers earn a master’s degree. All students must pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification in order to become certified. Upon certification, and in order to remain certified, ATs have to complete ongoing education requirements and work under a physician. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.

Our ATs work to ensure student-athlete safety during practice and sporting events by providing preventive services, emergency intervention, rehabilitation, and referral services. Our ATs work collaboratively with physicians to maintain the safety of student-athletes at partnering local and surrounding area high schools and universities. Optim Sports Medicine stands apart because each of our AT’s ability to provide computer based concussion testing when necessary.

 

Appling County HS

Brewton Parker College

Bryan County HS

Bulloch Academy HS

Claxton HS

Effingham County HS

Emanuel County Institute

Jeff Davis HS

Jenkins County HS

Metter HS

Portal HS

Richmond Hill HS

Screven County HS

South Effingham HS

Southeast Bulloch HS

Statesboro HS

Swainsboro HS

Tattnall County HS

Toombs County HS

Treutlen County HS

 

Georgia Southern University

 

Sports Medicine Practice Policy for Heat and Humidity

Schools must follow the statewide policy for conducting practices and voluntary conditioning workouts (including during the summer) in all sports during times of extremely high heat and/or humidity that will be signed by each head coach at the beginning of each season and distributed to all players and their parents or guardians. Download HeatPolicy2018 to read the full rules and guidelines that relate to our best practices for heat and humidity.

Return to Play Law

Georgia’s Return To Play Law  is aimed at protecting the state’s youth from concussion-related injuries.

Guidelines for Hydration and Rest Breaks
  1. Rest time should involve both unlimited hydration intake (water or electrolyte drinks) and rest without any acivity involved.
  2. For football, helmets should be removed during rest time.
  3. The site of the rest time should be a “cooling zone” and not in direct sunlight.
  4. When the WGBT reading is over 86: a. Ice towels and spray bottles filled with ice water should be available at the “cooling zone” to aid the cooling process. b. Cold immersion tubs must be available for practices for the benefit of any player showing early signs of heat illness.

 

National Athletic Trainers Association

Georgia Athletic Trainers Association

Georgia Southern Athletic Training

Stop Sports Injuries Campaign

National Federation High School Sports

American College Sports Medicine 

The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine

American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness

Gatorade Sports Science Institute

NCAA Sports Science Institute

Patient Education

Optim Health System’s Athletic Trainers are proud to partner with many local and surrounding area high schools and colleges to provide full-time licensed/certified athletic trainers (ATs) and physician services throughout Southeast Georgia. As an extra level of protection, Optim Sports Medicine is the only provider in the Southeast who implements ImPACT concussion testing free of charge at every partnering school. Our athletic trainers are certified ImPACT trained athletic trainers (ITAT). Optim is also an official supporter of the STOP SPORTS Injuries Campaign. We’re also very proud to be the official sports medicine sponsors for Georgia Southern Athletics Tormenta Soccer Club and Savannah United Soccer.

Athletic trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who work with physicians to offer preventative services, immediate emergency care, illness or injury services, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, and more. To become a certified athletic trainer, students are required to first earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. However, the majority of certified athletic trainers earn a master’s degree. All students must pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification in order to become certified. Upon certification, and in order to remain certified, ATs have to complete ongoing education requirements and work under a physician. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.

Our ATs work to ensure student-athlete safety during practice and sporting events by providing preventive services, emergency intervention, rehabilitation, and referral services. Our ATs work collaboratively with physicians to maintain the safety of student-athletes at partnering local and surrounding area high schools and universities. Optim Sports Medicine stands apart because each of our AT’s ability to provide computer based concussion testing when necessary.

 

Appling County HS

Brewton Parker College

Bryan County HS

Bulloch Academy HS

Claxton HS

Effingham County HS

Emanuel County Institute

Jeff Davis HS

Jenkins County HS

Metter HS

Portal HS

Richmond Hill HS

Screven County HS

South Effingham HS

Southeast Bulloch HS

Statesboro HS

Swainsboro HS

Tattnall County HS

Toombs County HS

Treutlen County HS

 

Georgia Southern University

 

Sports Medicine Practice Policy for Heat and Humidity

Schools must follow the statewide policy for conducting practices and voluntary conditioning workouts (including during the summer) in all sports during times of extremely high heat and/or humidity that will be signed by each head coach at the beginning of each season and distributed to all players and their parents or guardians. Download HeatPolicy2018 to read the full rules and guidelines that relate to our best practices for heat and humidity.

Return to Play Law

Georgia’s Return To Play Law  is aimed at protecting the state’s youth from concussion-related injuries.

Guidelines for Hydration and Rest Breaks
  1. Rest time should involve both unlimited hydration intake (water or electrolyte drinks) and rest without any acivity involved.
  2. For football, helmets should be removed during rest time.
  3. The site of the rest time should be a “cooling zone” and not in direct sunlight.
  4. When the WGBT reading is over 86: a. Ice towels and spray bottles filled with ice water should be available at the “cooling zone” to aid the cooling process. b. Cold immersion tubs must be available for practices for the benefit of any player showing early signs of heat illness.

 

National Athletic Trainers Association

Georgia Athletic Trainers Association

Georgia Southern Athletic Training

Stop Sports Injuries Campaign

National Federation High School Sports

American College Sports Medicine 

The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine

American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness

Gatorade Sports Science Institute

NCAA Sports Science Institute

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Juan Alonso, AT

Athletic Trainer

Elizabeth (Eli) Bray, AT

Athletic Trainer

Blake Brooks, AT

Athletic Trainer

Ty Butler, MPA, ATC

Director of Sports Medicine

Bobby D. Chisholm, Jr., AT

Athletic Trainer

Mindy Ellis, AT

Athletic Trainer

Lance Griffith, AT

Athletic Trainer

Bill Hall, AT

Athletic Trainer

Laura Horner, AT

Athletic Trainer

Esavare "Von" Miller, AT

Athletic Trainer

Katie Nabb, AT

Athletic Trainer

Hana Oglesby-Hendrix, AT

Athletic Trainer

Hope Price, AT

Athletic Trainer

Kristin Quinn, AT

Athletic Trainer

Robert Reyburn, AT

Athletic Trainer

Lauren Simerly, AT

Athletic Trainer

Ashley Staats, AT

Athletic Trainer

Andrew Strickland, AT

Athletic Trainer

Jeff Weems, AT

Athletic Trainer

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