Who the Athletic Trainer Is
Hello, my name is Dan Volpe, and I am the athletic trainer at Scott County High school. I have been the athletic trainer at Scott County High School for the past 19 years. Prior to coming to Scott County HS, I was the assistant athletic trainer at Berea College for 2 years. I attended Morehead State University prior to being employed at Berea College. While at Berea College, I obtained my Masters of Arts from Georgetown College. During my 19 years at Scott County High School, I was able to obtain a 2nd Masters from the University of Kentucky. I graduated from UK with a Masters of Science in Athletic Training.
What the Athletic Trainer Can Do for You
The athletic trainers at Scott County high school perform many different functions, some that you may not know about. Their biggest job is to keep the student-athletes safe and as healthy as they can. They do this through these different areas.
Timely Referral to an Orthopaedic Specialist – Dan Volpe has close relationships with the orthopedics physicians and physician assistants at Bluegrass Orthopaedics. These relationships allow for appointments to be made the same day or the day after an injury. This allows for quicker evaluation and advanced imaging if needed. This will help in saving your family time and money compared to going to an emergency room, and then getting referred to a specialist to receive higher level care.
Injury Prevention – The athletic trainers help student-athletes be in the best possible condition to compete well while minimizing the risk for injury. Prevention is the key most injuries but some are unpreventable. One big key to prevention of injuries is proper conditioning. Conditioning should be done prior to your sport season. You are doing a disservice to yourself and your teammates if you are not ready to perform when your season starts. Conditioning can come in many forms depending on your sports. The big thing about conditioning or working out for your sport is that there needs to be a dedicated amount of time per day set aside for workouts. Even if you have a strenuous job it will not completely compute to an increase conditioning level.
Injury Evaluation – If an injury does occur, athletic trainers have the skills to evaluate the injury and make the decision on what is the next best step for that athlete, whether rest, rehabilitation, or a more advanced diagnosis and imaging to discover the severity of the issue.
Injury Rehabilitation – After an injury occurs, student-athletes can spend time doing rehabilitation with the athletic trainers to help them return to their sports not only faster but with less risk of injury if they did not do any therapy. Here at Scott County High school, the rehab focuses on returning safely and quickly to their pre-injury status. Depending on the injury and whether or not it needs surgical intervention, time frames are different for every athlete. No two athletes are going to heal the same. Therefore, rehab progression and return to play status go on a case by case basis.
Emergency Preparation – In case of emergencies, the athletic trainers are trained to handle these situations. They have the skills and expertise to handle any emergency, while also helping emergency service personnel get to the scene as soon as possible if necessary.
When and Where the Athletic Trainer Can Be Found
The athletic trainers at Scott County High school can be found at different places depending on the time of the day. They arrive at the school at 3:30 PM and can be found in the athletic training room. Once practices begin at about 4:15 PM, the athletic trainers can be found at practices and games of the various sports. The athletic trainers will do treatments before and after practices/games.
How To Contact
The athletic trainers can be contacted by phone or email.
Dan Volpe, MA, MS, ATC – Head Athletic Trainer
Hannah Clayton, ATC – Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer