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Carrboro High to hire full-time athletic trainer

Posted August 16, 2009

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— A year after a Chapel Hill High School football player died after a pre-season scrimmage, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district plans to hire its first full-time athletic trainer.

David Mills, a member of the state Board of Athletic Trainer Examiners, said Carrboro High School will be the first school in the Triangle area with a full-time athletic trainer. Some other schools have faculty members who are certified as trainers.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro district wanted to hire a teacher who could double as a trainer but had little success attracting applicants because of the long hours involved, district spokesman Stephanie Knott said. District administrators might consider hiring full-time trainers at other local high schools if the pilot program at Carrboro High proves to be successful, she said.

Last August, Chapel Hill High lineman Atlas Fraley was found dead in his home hours after participating in a scrimmage. He called 911 after going home, complaining of severe cramping and dehydration, and a paramedic went to his home to check him out but didn't take him to a hospital for treatment.

Fraley's death and the deaths of two other football players last fall following concussions prompted the North Carolina High School Athletic Association to consider requiring all schools to have certified athletic trainers on staff, including teachers who doubled as trainers. Many schools statewide have first-responders at sporting events to handle injuries.

Funding concerns forced the NCHSAA to table the trainer requirement.

Carrboro High plans to pay its trainer out of the budget for coaches on teams that the school isn't fielding this year.

An autopsy couldn't determine the cause of Fraley's death.

State regulators cleared the paramedic, who resigned two weeks after Fraley's death, of any wrongdoing in the incident.


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  • likemenow Aug 17, 2009

    Here's an idea..maybe get an intern/grad student from UNC that didn't cost anything..have it run by an accredited athletic trainer to cover the legalities/liabilities. Now the NCHSAA will want money for a full-time athletic trainer at every school..that oughta work wondrs

  • mgratk Aug 17, 2009

    People, even young people, get sick and die sometimes-- even when an ambulance is called and a trained medical professional examines them. It seems that the care available at sporting events now is sufficient.
    How about hiring an extra science teacher instead, or a reading teacher? That is someone who could do a lot more good for a lot more people.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 17, 2009

    Another expense incurred simply because of the threat of lawsuits.