Addition at Wando to house Sports Medicine program

  • Thursday, November 28, 2013

This is the new Sports Medicine Center being constructed at Wando High School. IMAGE PROVIDED

Wando High School principal Lucy Beckham is looking forward to the new Sports Medicine addition at the school.

The space includes a classroom, office, space for exercise/therapy equipment, bathroom, storage, as well as some upgrades to the existing training room area. The addition is designed with similar material to the existing building, so it blends with surrounding structures.

According to Bill Lewis, head of projects and capital improvements for the Charleston County School District, Wando has an extraordinary sports program and the addition of this sports medicine program is designed to complement that.

“Essentially students will learn about sports medicine applications and put those lessons into practice with the sport teams. Designer LS3P worked with Beckham and the sports staff on the concept and decided that an addition on the back of the auxiliary gym at Wando would be beneficial.

The Sports Medicine Building is adjacent to the gym and the sports fields and will culminate into a having a full-blown sports medicine program,” he said.

The funding came from savings in other projects through qualified school construction bonds and will pay for this addition versus short term bonds or using sales tax. The Charleston County School Board voted 6-2 to approve a recommendation (11.1C) to reallocate savings located in the Montessori Community School of Charleston in the amount of $350,000 to Wando Sports Medicine Program.

Athletic Director Bob Hayes will run the program and the facility.

Harold Lee - Senior Project Manager with CUMMING will supervise and manage the build.

Principal Lucy Beckahm said this is the first of its kind in the district. It is considered a much needed addition to the current training room.

“We have more than 1,000 student athletes and we have two nationally certified athletic trainers. They work with students who have injuries, ankle sprains, twisted knees etc. They work with students who have injuries and they follow direction of doctors and provide treatment and care of a child.

She said that the current training room is extremely small and there might be 40 or 50 students there a day. But the facility can only accommodate 10 comfortably.

First level Sports Medicine I courses are currently taught at Wando in a standard classroom health lab. But Sports Medicine II is a more hands-on course and those students who pursue that major will work in the new sports medicine area learning taping, care of injuries, and this room will also be a teaching location.

Beckham said there are about 160 students in this Sports Medicine I and II tracks. Those serious about the major continue on to Sports Medicine III where they participate in internships, locally.

Sports Medincine emphasizes career exploration and prevention of athletic injuries through kinesiology, anatomy, the principals of safety and first aid, CPR and vital signs.

The study also includes legal issues, nutrition, protective sports equipment and taping, wrapping and mechanisms of injury.

Those interested in health care careers, athletic training, physical therapy, exercise physiology, radiology or medicine benefit from this course.

Sports Medicine II is a look at the assessment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.

The subject includes discussion of the conditions and injuries experienced by individuals participating in athletic activity. It is a review of the body systems, use of appropriate therapeutic mobilities in exercise, and rehabilitation of injuries. Students who do third level internship course also study medical terminology or anatomy, physiology or both.

“This addition serves the function of the need to take care of student athletes who have injuries and rehab them back to participate again and also provides a teaching training location to teach how to do just that,” said Beckham.

“And of course, if you take one of these courses and don’t like it, the worst thing you take away from it is you learn basic care and you know CPR and first aid - which is still a win.”

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