Licensed Athletic Trainers help student athletes
When area high school athletes are injured at a game or practice, licensed athletic trainers guide them through the recovery process. Licensed athletic trainers, sometimes referred to LATs, are highly qualified health care professionals who work with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Area high schools contract with ThedaCare Medical Center-Berlin and ThedaCare Orthopedic Care to provide LAT services.
Three LATs work with local school districts: Alyssa Tessaro at Princeton and Green Lake High School; Melissa (MJ) Johnston at Berlin High School; and Bailey Wehrle at Wautoma High School. The trainers attend practices and games where they treat injured students. They also work with injured students on a treatment plan and provide safety and injury prevention information to coaches and players.
Johnston has been with ThedaCare since 2003 and works with athletes at both Berlin High and Middle Schools. She has a physical education degree with an emphasis in athletic training from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She holds numerous certifications, including being a board certified athletic trainer, certified BLS CPR instructor with the American Heart Association, an ImPACT concussion trained athletic trainer and a certified skin fold measurer for the WIAA.