Technology helps athletic trainers track high school injuries

SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF)- The new high school football season got underway on Friday, with many teams holding their first practices. This season also marks the second year that athletic trainers will use new technology to help them track on the field injuries.

The Horry County School District is using the online service Athletic Trainer System to take medical files on different players and store them in a cloud online.

Socastee High Head Athletic Trainer Jason Keesee said this new method helps save time and space.

"It makes it so much easier because you don't have to write it out by hand and even if you did it on your computer you don't have to keep that piece of paper on file now," added Keesee.

The online database's greatest benefit might be how parents and athletic trainers can count on having a digital medical record of every injury in their athlete's career. For example if a student gets a concussion playing football in 9th grade then takes a hard hit as a senior, athletic trainers can look back at previous injuries to better help them plan the correct rehab timetable.

Keesee said every student at every school is entered into the system whether they are currently playing a sport or not. Once a student joins a team then athletic trainers update that student's information within the system.

To address any privacy concerns Keesee said parents should know the only schools with access to their child's information is the school where that student attends classes.

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