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Athletic Training


The mission of the North Kansas City School District Athletic Training Department is to provide comprehensive health care to the student-athletes at NKCSD.

In accordance with the North Kansas City School’s Philosophy of School Health, we believe that:

  • Parents and guardians have the primary responsibility for their child’s health.
  • If promoting healthy behavior is to have the optimum impact on the quality of life, it must begin early.
  • Schools have a responsibility to provide a school health program that will promote and encourage maintenance of the student’s health and to assist parents in carrying out their responsibility.
  • The school health program components include delivery of health services to students and staff, health education and monitoring of the environment.
  • The health status of students affects their ability to learn. Students learn better in a healthy physical and psychological environment.
  • The major focus of school health service is the prevention of injury and illness and the early detection and correction of health problems.
  • The Athletic Healthcare Team is prepared to coordinate, supervise, and deliver care, utilizing the healthcare process of data collection, assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation.
  • The healthcare professionals employed at the school enhances the potential of the student-athlete.

What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Athletic training is often confused with personal training. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. Athletic trainers provide physical medicine, rehabilitative and preventative services. Athletic trainers treat a breadth of patients, including but not limited to: professional, college, secondary school and youth athletes, dancers, musicians and military personnel. Athletic trainers can work in a variety of locations including schools, physician clinics, hospitals and manufacturing plants.

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The Athletic Trainers of North Kansas City School District communicate with the School Nurses, Activities Directors, and individual team coaches to ensure the health and wellness of the student-athlete.

District Athletic Trainer contact information is as follows:

North Kansas City High School
Kathryn McEwen, MS, ATC, LAT
Fax: (816) 413-5905

Oak Park High School
Joe Whetstone, ATC, LAT, ITAT, NASM-CES, PES
Athletic Training Room: (816) 321-6593
Fax: (816) 413-5305

Staley High School
Alena Nelson, MS, ATC, LAT
Athletic Training Room: (816) 321-6590
Fax: (816) 413-4105

Winnetonka High School
Amanda Guess, ATC, LAT
Fax: (816) 321-5341

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