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RCS Athletic Trainers

 
 
 
 
Brad Rohling, M.Ed., LAT, ATC, ITAT   
Athletic Training Coordinator
(615) 893-5815 ext. 22187
 

Athletic Training Coordinator

 

   Brad Rohling is the Athletic Training Coordinator for Rutherford County Schools.  He served in a similar role through NHC Rehabilitation from 2004 until 2018.  He received his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Middle Tennessee State as a member of the first class to graduate with the curriculum based major.  While progressing through the program he also completed an internship with the Tennessee Titans.

 

   Rohling then continued his education at Auburn University and received a Master’s Degree in Education with a Higher Education Administration concentration. During that time, he was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with Auburn Football, where upon graduation, Brad transitioned into a full-time position as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with football at Auburn. In his 4 years at Auburn he was able to work with and learn from Athletic Trainers and physicians Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Larry Lemak, and Dr. Mike Goodlett. He held that position until he moved back to Middle Tennessee and began work with NHC Rehabilitation.

 

   Rohling is currently in the role of Middle Tennessee Representative for the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society Executive Board. He is a previous member of the TSSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and a current adjunct faculty member with the MTSU Athletic Training Education Program. Rohling served three years as the Chairperson for the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society Secondary Schools committee, while serving as a committee member before becoming Chairperson.  He is also a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association Research and Education Foundation Scholarship Committee.  In 2020 Rohling was recognized with the NATA Athletic Training Service Award and in 2018 he was awarded the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society Corporate Award Athletic Trainer of the Year for his work with Rutherford County Schools.

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Cravey
 
Kyle Cravey, MS, LAT, ATC
Blackman High School
 
 
 
Blackman High School   

 

   Kyle graduated from Georgia College and State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training in 2012.  During his time in college, Cravey was also a 4 year letter winner in baseball as a pitcher.  Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Kyle was given the opportunity to move to Murfreesboro and attend Middle Tennessee State and University as a Graduate Assistant from 2012-2014.  Here, Kyle would obtain his Master’s Degree in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Health.  During this time, Cravey was the Head Athletic Trainer for Blackman High School, providing coverage for all team sports.        After completion of his Master’s Degree, Kyle was the head Athletic Trainer at Huntland School for three years and Lincoln County High School for two years before returning back to Murfreesboro to become the Head Athletic Trainer at Blackman High School.
 
 
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Rapp
 
Central Magnet
Becky Rapp, BS, LAT, ATC
 
 
   
Central Magnet High School
 
   Becky completed her BA degree from Marywood University in 2004. She then started work in an outpatient physical therapy office. After 5 years of outpatient work she returned to the high school setting. She worked for Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists for 9 years. Becky has worked with the city of Syracuse high schools as well as the local professional indoor soccer team. She finished her time in Syracuse working for Baldwinsville High School. Becky has worked with all levels of athletes from middle school through college. 
      Becky and her family recently relocated to Murfreesboro from Syracuse. She is currently the first full time athletic trainer for Central Magnet.  
 
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Kevin Wolf, MS, LAT, ATC
Eagleville High School
 
 
   
Eagleville High School
 
   Kevin received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).  The former long time athletic trainer at Lebanon High School, he has served many area high school programs.  His other sports experience includes MTSU and Sewanee athletics, volunteer medical coverage of Olympic tennis at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, head athletic trainer for the Nashville Metros professional soccer club, and NASCAR and IRL racing.

Wolf served as sports medicine outreach coordinator for University Medical Center in Lebanon for 7 years with a large staff serving 16 schools in 7 counties.  Under his direction, the program earned the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s F.A. Bridges Contributor of the Year Award, having been a leader in providing comprehensive athletic health care to the area, which included implementing a multi- school drug testing program.

 

   He has more than a decade of experience in the outpatient rehabilitation setting and has successfully billed insurance plans for athletic training services.  More recently, before joining Rutherford County Schools, he served our athletes as a successful bracing and supports representative.

 

   An active member of his profession, he is past Vice-President and Secretary of the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society (TATS) and is its current Parliamentarian.  In 2015, Wolf was elected to the TATS Hall of Fame.

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Marcus
Marcus Harris, MS, LAT, ATC
LaVergne High School
 
 
 
   
LaVergne High School
   
     
 
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Heath Forge, M.Ed., LAT, ATC
Oakland High School
 
 

 

Oakland High School 

 

   Heath Forge is currently the Head Athletic Trainer at Oakland High School where he also serves as a health science instructor for the school.

 

   Before taking over as head Athletic Trainer at Oakland High School, Heath served as an assistant football Athletic Trainer at Auburn University.

 

   He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. Upon graduation Heath attended University of Arkansas where he served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for their football program while completing his Master’s Degree in Recreation and Sport Management.

 

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Josh Haley, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Riverdale High School
 
 

   

Riverdale High School 

 

   Josh completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training in 2009 followed by his Master’s Degree in Health in 2011, both from Middle Tennessee State University.  Currently, he is working toward the completion of his doctorate in Human Performance.  While completing his masters degree, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant at Middle Tennessee State, teaching first aid and safety courses as well as assisting with kinesiology labs and a variety of courses offered within the Athletic Training Education Program. 

 

   Since the Fall of 2011, Josh has served as an Athletic Trainer in Rutherford County, working at Riverdale High and LaVergne High.  In 2012 he was awarded by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society as the Graduate Student Athletic Trainer of the year.  He began teaching as a Health Science teacher in Rutherford County in 2013. Additionally, Josh has presented at various athletic training conferences ranging from the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society regional conference to the National Athletic Trainers Association Annual Symposium.  Presentation topics have included original research related to concussions in high school athletes as well as topics related to post-concussion care and recovery.

 

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Brian Myers, MS, LAT, ATC
Rockvale High School
 
 
Rockvale High School
 
Brian received his Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science and Human Performance from East Tennessee State University in 2013. This was followed by receiving his Master’s of Science in Athletic Training from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2015. During the summer and fall of 2014, Brian worked in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints as an Athletic Training Intern.
 
After graduating in 2015 from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Brian accepted a fellowship position from Eckerd College and All Florida Orthopedics in Saint Petersburg, Florida. After completing the fellowship, Brian then moved back to his home state of Tennessee after accepting an Assistant Athletic Training position at Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2016.
 
Brian was at Baylor School for four and half years as 1st Assistant Athletic Trainer and Preceptor to UTC GATP. In 2020, Brian then moved back to Middle Tennessee after accepting a position at Nissan of Smyrna working as an Athletic Trainer in the industrial setting providing treatment and rehabilitation for industrial employees. In 2021, Brian accepted a position with Rutherford County Schools and is now the current Head Athletic Trainer at Rockvale High School in Rockvale, Tennessee.
 
 
 
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Siegel High School
Kyla Stancy, MA, LAT, ATC
 
 
   
Siegel High School 

 

     Kyla went to Western Illinois University and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in 2014. She worked as an outreach athletic trainer with Athletico Physical Therapy for 4 years, while there she completed her masters in Sports Leadership from Concordia University in Chicago. She then moved to New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois were she was assistant athletic trainer for 3 years. She is now in Rutherford County as the Head Athletic Trainer at Siegel High School.   

 
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Everett Boutwell, M.Ed., LAT, ATC
Smyrna High School
 
 

 

 

Smyrna High School

 

Everett received his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Wingate University and his Masters of Educational Administration from Middle Tennessee State. Everett has been an athletic trainer for five years at the secondary school level. He spent his first four years as the athletic trainer at Shelbyville Central High School. He now serves as the first full time athletic trainer at Smyrna High School. His other sports experience includes rookie mini-camp with the Carolina Panthers Football Organization, MTSU Club Sports, and five years experience in outpatient physical therapy at Elite Physical Therapy and Balance Center in Shelbyville.  In his free time, Everett enjoys spending time with his wife Kirstie, also an Athletic Trainer, their daughter Morgan, and their two dogs Harley and Bailey.

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Emily Spears, MS, LAT, ATC
Stewarts Creek High School
 

 

Stewarts Creek High School   

 

   Emily Spears graduated with a Bachelors in Science and Masters in Science from MTSU. Spent 3 years as the athletic trainer at LaVergne High School followed by 3 years at Forrest School in Chapel Hill before returning to Rutherford County in 2011 as the first teacher/athletic trainer at LaVergne High. She moved to Stewarts Creek at their opening in 2013. Was named the 2018 Jerry Robertson Educator of the year by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society.

 

 

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DragonFly
Rutherford County Schools has joined with DragonFly Max as a technology partner.  DragonFly Max provides an electronic personal health record for your child which aids in keeping our coaches, administrators, and athletic trainers ever aware of the most pressing health information about your child.  DragonFly Max also provides us with the tools to more easily manage paperwork and evaluate injury patterns, so we can focus on providing the safest possible athletic environment for your child.  Please click the above picture for more information about DragonFly Max.
 

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DragonFly Academy offers online training courses for school staff, parents, and coaches.  Click the picture above for more information on DragonFly Academy.
 
ImPACT Applications Inc
   ImPACT is intended for use as a computer-based neurocognitive test battery to aid in the assessment and management of concussion.  ImPACT is a neurocognitive test battery that provides healthcare professionals with objective measure of neurocognitive functioning as an assessment aid and in the management of concussion in individuals ages 12-59.

   ImPACT is not intended to provide a diagnosis or decision about the Test Taker. ImPACT results should be interpreted only by qualified healthcare professionals.  ImPACT does not identify the presence or absence of a clinical diagnosis.
ImPACT cannot be used as a stand-alone diagnostic for concussion.  The device is not intended to be used as a stand-alone assessment for making determinations regarding return to athletic play.  
 
  ImPACT is intended to be used by medical professionals qualified to interpret the results of a concussion assessment examination and aid in the management of concussion.
 
   Currently, Rutherford County Schools uses the ImPACT Baseline Test with the following sports:  Girls soccer, football, volleyball, girls basketball, boys basketball, wrestling, cheer, boys soccer, softball, and baseball.  For more information on ImPACT testing, click the above picture.
   Each school is responsible for obtaining either a Wet Bulb Globe Temperature or Heat Index reading at the site of practices and competitions. Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) takes into account more environmental factors than heat index and should be a school’s first choice when evaluating conditions and planning activities. In the absence of a Wet Bulb Globe Temperature reading, a digital psychrometer or other instrument may be used at the site of the activity to measure the heat index. The use of a weather app on a cell phone is permissible to measure heat index if no other instrument is available to measure heat index at the site of the practice or competition.
   A cold water immersion tub or other form of rapid on-site cooling should be available for all warm weather practices. If exertional heat stroke is suspected, use immersion for on-site cooling before transporting to the hospital.  For the complete policy, click the above link.
 
   Tennessee law and TSSAA policy mandates that certain procedures be followed when signs, symptoms, and behaviors consistent with a concussion are observed in practice or competition. Tennessee state law also requires annual training on concussions for all youth sports coaches. Educational materials must also be reviewed and signed by each student athlete and his/her parent or legal guardian, which can be found here.   For more information and the complete policy, click the link above.
 
TSSAA Sudden Cardiac Arrest Policy
  Tennessee law mandates annual training for any youth sports coaches regarding Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletes. Educational materials must also be reviewed and signed by each student athlete and his/her parent or legal guardian, which can be found here.
 
  When severe weather is forecast, protocol and chain of command for suspension of play should be discussed in the pregame meeting with the officials. These guidelines provide a default policy to those responsible or sharing duties for making decisions concerning the suspension and restarting of practices and contests based on the presence of lightning or thunder.  For the complete list of guidelines, click the above link.  
Information from the National Athletic Trainers Association:
 
What is athletic training?
Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.
 
Who are athletic trainers?
Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education, training and the state's statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. The NATA Code of Ethics states the principles of ethical behavior that should be followed in the practice of athletic training.
 
Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree. Learn more about the education of athletic trainers.
 
If you are a current high school student and interested in athletic training, you can learn more about the profession by reading the Becoming an AT, Profile of Athletic Trainers, and Who is Taking Care of Your Athletes? infographics.
 
Regulation of athletic trainers
Athletic trainers are licensed or otherwise regulated in 49 states and the District of Columbia. 

NATA has ongoing efforts to update obsolete state practice acts that do not reflect current qualifications and practice of ATs under health care reform.

48 states and the District of Columbia require ATs to hold the Board of Certification credential of “Athletic Trainer Certified” (ATC). Learn more about the certification of athletic trainers.

Athletic trainers are qualified to apply for a National Provider Identifier (NPI) as mid-level health care professionals.
 
Why use athletic trainers?
Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes participating in sports, and can work in a variety of job settings. Athletic trainers relieve widespread and future workforce shortages in primary care support and outpatient rehab professions and provide an unparalleled continuum of care for the patients.
 
Athletic trainers improve functional outcomes and specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury. Preventative care provided by an athletic trainer has a positive return on investment for employers. ATs are able to reduce injury and shorten rehabilitation time for their patients, which translates to lower absenteeism from work or school and reduced health care costs.