Athletic Trainer: Reggie Ronning
ATR Hours: Monday-Friday 3-6 pm
ATR location: Room 026 (Down the hall from the boy’s locker room and weight room on the ground floor)
Athletic Training Services Provided at Washburn
TRIA is proud to provide athletic training services to Washburn High School. A certified athletic trainer is a health care professional who collaborates with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, education, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. TRIA, in partnership with Park Nicollet Health Services, provides quality care for athletes from the moment of injury until full recovery.
TRIA’s additional available resources include:
Free ImPACT concussion screening for Washburn athletes*
Acute Injury Clinic (AIC) located in Bloomington, MN. -Open 8am-8pm. 7 days/week
Referrals to sports medicine physicians and physical therapists
Referrals to the only multi-disciplinary sports concussion clinic around
LEAP program for improved athlete performance
*Free for contact sport athletes, $5 charge for anyone else who wishes to take the test
I work with all Washburn athletes and provide service at home games for the following teams:
|All levels of Football||Varsity Basketball||Varsity Lacrosse|
|Varsity Soccer||JV Basketball|
*I also have daily athletic training room hours typically from 3–6pm.
If it is necessary for your child to see a physician, I am willing to work with you to schedule an appointment with a physician who specializes in sports injuries. If your child is seen by a physician at TRIA or another location regarding a sports-related injury please communicate that information to me. This will create the optimal environment for your child’s safe and quick return to play.
If your son/daughter is seen or treated by a physician for an injury or serious illness, they must bring a written note from the physician before they can return to practice or play in a game. This is a Minnesota State High School League Rule (Bylaw 107.00). This is for the student’s protection as well as to keep everyone informed as to the student’s readiness.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Concussions are typically caused by a direct blow to the head or body that results in impulsive forces to the brain. Brain functioning such as memory, balance, coordination, and emotions are commonly effected from a concussion.
Signs and Symptoms
Concerning conditions that are sometimes seen with a concussion may include:
Headache and/or pressure in head
Nausea or vomiting
Sensitivity to light/noise
Feeling slowed down or in a fog
Difficulty concentrating and remembering
Trouble falling asleep
Nervous or anxious
It’s important to understand that concussions can occur without loss of consciousness or “blacking out.” Most concussions will heal without permanent damage to the brain if given the proper time to rest and recover. A concussion is just like any other injury- it needs time to heal. Concussions are unique in that the brain needs rest from physical activity and mental activity. Examples of mentally straining activities can include reading, watching a computer or cell phone screen, and even playing video games. Lastly, it’s critical to monitor symptoms within the first few hours after a concussion. If symptoms worsen, it can be potentially life threatening and should be treated as a medical emergency.
What is the ImPACT Computer Test?
ImPACT is a neurocognitive test that objectively measures the brains response to injury. The pre-test (baseline test) is taken to determine one’s normal brain function. The same test is repeated after a concussion to determine any changes in brain function including memory and reaction time. Each baseline test is good for 2 years.
Why Should I Choose TRIA?
– TRIA offers the only multi-disciplinary concussion program in town
– Including neuropsychological, vestibular, ocular motor, and exertion assessments
– Fast and easy referrals to sports minded specialists who understand athletics
– TRIA specializes in sport related concussions and return to play
– TRIA will work with your school’s athletic trainer to ensure proper care
*Click HERE for more information
Returning to Activity with a Concussion
MSHSL concussion protocol
Stepwise Progression for return (each step must be a minimum of 24 hours apart):
- No activity, complete rest until all symptoms have resolved
- Light aerobic exercise such as jogging or stationary bike, no resistance training
- Sport specific activity
- Non-contact practice and resume resistance training
- Full contact practice
- Full game participation
Under no circumstances should anyone return to activity while experiencing concussion signs or symptoms. There should be no return to activity on the same day concussion symptoms are noted or a formal diagnosis of a concussion is made.
Healing from a Concussion
Rest is the best treatment for a sports concussion (injury to the brain). You should abstain from all physical activity including gym class. In addition, you should limit mental effort that tires the brain such as watching TV, texting, playing video games, reading, and studying.
It is sometimes helpful to rest your brain by staying at home for a time. The amount of time away from school will depend on the severity of the injury and associated symptoms. At school, some students may have trouble with the bright lights, loud noises, and mental activity required to complete a full day of school.
Your high school’s athletic trainer or personal physician can write a note to give specialized treatment such as decreased workload for a period of time until your son/daughter is feeling better.
- Taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) for headaches and pain as directed is acceptable.
- Do not take over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Benadryl, Aleve, sleep aides, or Tylenol PM. These drugs may actually produce worsening symptoms and more serious complications
- If you cannot manage your pain with Tylenol and rest, call your doctor or go to the emergency department.
Every day keep track of your symptoms. This will help your athletic trainer and/or doctor see how well you are healing. Here are some things to write down
- Your symptoms: headaches, stomach upset, feeling confused or dizzy, motion sickness, personality changes. Also record how often each one occurs and how long it lasts.
- What makes the symptoms worse?
- What makes you feel better?
If you have questions, call or email
Reggie Ronning ATC