Athletic Trainer Talk

Shoulder Pain

Click on the link below for information on symptoms and treatments for minor shoulder pain.


Lower Leg Pain/Shin Splints

Click below for information on treating and preventing a track runner’s most common ailment, shin splints.

Lower Leg Pain

Steroids and Supplements

Click below for information relevant to high school athletes and performance-enhancing substances.

Supplements and Steroids

Student Athletes and Stress

Click below for tips on coping with the stress that comes with competing at a high level of interscholastic athletics.

Student Athletes and Stress

Skin Diseases and Infections

Click below for tips on preventing skin infections.  Especially relevant to wrestlers and football players.


Recovery and Overtraining

Recovery Time and Overtraining


Concussion Awareness

Heat Illness/Prevention 

AED Locations at PCEP

Below is information on AED’s from the PCEP Nurse, Maryann Stevens

Do you know where your AED’s are kept in your schools? Do you know what an AED is? AED is an automated external defibrillator device.  We have 4 AED’s at the park and they are located:

  • Plymouth: Outside the cafeteria across from the Den
  • Salem: Outside the cafeteria across from counseling office
  • Canton: Inside the cafeteria across from the general office
  • Canton North: Outside the gym next to room 308

We also have one in the outside security truck for the afternoon and evening shifts.If someone is unconscious and not breathing at P-CEP you would call the security line for help at 2-2222 and start CPR. You would instruct them to call 911 and have someone bring you the AED. Make sure you give them your location.

Concussion Prevention and Care:  From ATI Athletic Training

Please click here for an informative document:  Concussion Tips

MRSA FACTS:  By Certified Athletic Trainer Megan Wieloch

What is MRSA?

By name, it is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.  Staphylococcus is a bacteria that causes “staph” infections.  These can range from “pimple-like” red bumps or boils to things like pneumonia or meningitis.  What makes MRSA different is that it is resistant and, in some cases, thrives on antibiotics normally used to effectively treat staph infections.

How does MRSA spread?

We are all at risk for contacting MRSA.  It can be spread by:

  • Close skin to skin contact
  • Drainage from infected wounds can spread to other parts of the body
  • Touching infected items or surfaces such as bandages, mats or shared equipment.

All that is required is inadequate personal hygiene and an opening in the skin like a cut or abrasion.

How is MRSA Treated?

Antibiotics are not always needed to treat MRSA.  Sometimes all a health care provider needs to do is drain the wound and keep it clean and covered.  When necessary, antibiotics can be used and must be takenEXACTLY as ordered.

What Can I Do:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Take a shower directly before and after participating in athletics.
  • Do NOT share personal items like towels, bar soap, razors, clothing or head gear
  • Keep wounds clean and covered with a dry bandage
  • Seek medical attention at first sign of infection (red, swollen, painful, warm or draining pus)
  • Follow health care provider’s instructions exactly and completely
  • Throw away soiled bandages and avoid contact with other people’s wounds and bandages.
  • Wash clothes and towels on hottest suitable setting, add bleach if desired, and dry on hottest setting (no line drying)
  • Clean mats and head gear after every use and high touch surfaces (door knobs, phones and shared equipment) daily.  Cleaning agents include soap and water, diluted bleach, Lysol or Original Pine Sol.  Use all products according to the instruction label.