Getting Physical

Trainers, athletes benefit from in-house exams


Kassie Dilldine's top choice for college has been Regis University this whole year. Thanks in part to a scholarship from the Moffat County High School athletic training program, the senior will be packing up for her freshman year at Regis in the fall.

"I was always going to go to Regis," she said. "But the assistance helps make it easier."

Amy Dorsett was a recipient of the same scholarship last year, now she is studying for finals in her freshman year at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely.

"The scholarship obviously helped but my experience as a trainer in high school was also beneficial," she said. "I have a lot more freedom than other trainers who are freshmen."

Dorsett was the lone trainer for the baseball team at CNCC this year, while other first-year trainers had to be supervised. She plans to attend the University of Texas after her two years at Rangely and earn a degree in sports medicine. The athletic training program for high school students provides the opportunity to learn about sports injuries and management. Then, if a trainer chooses to pursue the medical or education fields in college, a scholarship is offered.

Dilldine and Lisa McDermott are the scholarship recipients this year. McDermott plans to attend the University of Wyoming and hopes to study education. Both girls were trainers for the football and boys' basketball teams for all four or their years in high school.

What make the scholarships possible is the proceeds from annual physicals that Moffat County athletes receive. The $15 physical is organized by high school athletic trainer Jeff Pleasant and the Craig medical community.

Pleasant said that in the 10 years of the program, 25 to 30 scholarships have been awarded. They start at $500 and vary depending on how many physicals are given and how many scholarship recipients are in the program.

"This is a good deal for everybody," Pleasant said. "The local doctors volunteer their time and the proceeds go to the scholarships and to supplies for the high school trainers."

The physicals will be from 5 p.m. until everyone is examined on May 18 for Craig Middle School students, and on May 20 for MCHS students. They will be at the Craig Medical Clinic.

"We have the students go through a couple of different stations of doctors," Pleasant said. "That way there is more than one person looking at them and makes a better chance that something wrong might be caught."

The physicals are performed in the spring instead of the fall so athletes can get a problem looked at and treated during the summer.

"We used to do the physicals in the fall but if somebody didn't pass the physical they were rushing around trying to get cleared for that season," Pleasant said.

According to Pleasant physicals generally cost $50 to $100 as a regular doctor visit.

"We are fortunate enough to have at least nine local physicians volunteer their time," he said.

Pleasant said he expects 450 students to attend for the high school night. Forms for the physicals are available in the athletic office of the high school and at the main office of Craig Middle School. These are the only days physicals are offered for the '04-'05 school year. All athletes must pass a physical before being eligible for any activity.

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