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MCHS has a new athletic trainer

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

Jennifer May, 24, of Carterville, Ill., was recently hired by KORT Physical Therapy to be a certified athletic trainer for Marion County High School. May, who graduated from Southern Illinois University in May of 2010, moved to Lebanon this past Friday and officially began her new job Monday.
In April, Glen Richardson, who was the athletic trainer for nearly nine years, resigned to begin a new athletic training position at Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville.
Earlier this year, the Marion County Board of Education approved an athletic training services agreement with Kentucky Orthopedic Rehabilitation, LLC (KORT). Although the services Richardson provided through Spring View Hospital were at no cost to the school, the agreement set a provision that KORT would receive $15,000 for one year of services. Also noted was that there will be an option of automatically renewing the contract for successive one year terms at an increased pay of 3 percent per year.
As part of KORT’s plan, they have launched a new concussion management program that will be available to area schools. Concussions are the most common sports-related brain injury, second only to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of traumatic head injuries in young adults aged 15-24. Often times, the brain structure is not damaged during a concussion, and MRI or CT scans will reveal no damage. The new program from KORT will help make diagnoses of concussions easier, and will allow players to return to action more quickly.