Athletic Trainers

 

 

Stephanie Lewis MS, AT, ATC, EP-C, TSAC-F

Licensed Athletic Trainer

Phone: 616-401-3001  Fax: 616-379-7551

Email: Slewis@hpseagles.net

Hudsonville High School, 5037 32nd Avenue, Hudsonville, MI 49426

 

Steph graduated from Central Michigan University in 2004 with her Bachelors in Athletic Training and from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2007 with her Masters in Kinesiology. She previously worked as an outreach athletic trainer for several high schools, junior colleges, Division II and Division III universities, and semi-professional sports while living in New York. She also has experience working Olympic gymnastics and professional baseball. Steph has been with Hudsonville High School for 10 years. She spends her mornings teaching sports medicine courses as an adjunct instructor for Aquinas College. She holds additional certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine in Exercise Physiology, National Strength and Conditioning Association in Tactical Strength and Conditioning, and American Red Cross as an Emergency Medical Responder.

 

 

Mariah Supianoski AT, ATC  

Licensed Athletic Trainer

Phone: 269-251-0134 Fax: 616-379-7551

Email: msupian@hpseagles.net

Hudsonville High School, 5037 32nd Avenue, Hudsonville, MI 49426

 

 

Mariah graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2016 with her Bachelors in Athletic Training. She previously worked at Spectrum Health’s Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic in 2016 as an intern athletic trainer. She assisted Dr. Matt Axtman and Dr. Kendall Hamilton, a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon. She then transitioned to the outreach program as a resource athletic trainer in both the clinical athletic training and industrial settings. Mariah served a critical role at various high schools prior to accepting her full time position with Hudsonville in 2017.

 

Feel free to call or text between 9am-9pm. You may contact us anytime by email. Every high school coach has our contact info, too!

Location:

The Baldwin athletic complex training room is next to the weight room in the building in front of the baseball/softball fields. The high school athletic training room is located next to the main gym, just down the hall from the small school store and cafeteria.

The training rooms are open from 2:30pm to the end of practices/games. Student athletes may NOT miss class to come to the athletic training room unless you have prior permission.

Who we are:

We are Licensed Sports Medicine Health Care Professionals. We are considered experts in sports injuries with many years of experience. We are trained to care for injuries from head to toe.

What we do:

Our main objective is to keep athletes safely on the field. We use a variety of resources to treat and rehabilitate injuries. We are typically the first to respond to injuries on the field. We also:

  • Provide injury/illness prevention and wellness protection. Taping, wrapping, stretching, etc.
  • Educate athletes, coaches, and parents to promote a healthy sports experience.
  • Promote good nutrition practices including giving advice about gaining and losing weight in a healthy way.
  • Evaluate/Diagnose injuries by reviewing signs, symptoms and predisposing factors of the athlete’s condition to determine course of action.
  • Plan for and respond to emergency health related conditions.
  • Coordinate care with physicians and other health care professionals
  • Use therapeutic treatment and rehabilitative exercises to aid recovery and restore function.
  • Help determine when it’s safe to return to play
And the best part is… Our services are FREE to all Hudsonville High School athletes!!

 

 

 

Frequently asked questions:

Q: What is an athletic trainer?

A: Certified athletic trainers are licensed health professionals that specialize in preventing, evaluating, treating, and rehabilitating injured athletes. In the high school setting, athletic trainers develop conditioning/stretching programs, perform skilled injury evaluation, treat acute/chronic injuries, and prepare athletes for practice and competition. A huge part of an athletic trainer’s job is educating athletes, parents, coaches, and communities on health-related subjects. Athletic trainers also provide a vital communication link between injured athlete, parents, physicians, and coaches to determine when it’s right to return to play.

Q: What happens when an injury occurs?

A: Athletes should report all injuries to the athletic trainer as soon as possible. The athletic trainer will assess the injury, provide any necessary treatment, and make referrals as needed. When athletes wait to report an injury, they are risking a chance it may get worse because 1. they may be treating it wrong/not at all or 2. minor damaged tissue can become major damaged tissue with continued play. The quicker an athlete gets proper treatment for their injury, the quicker they will feel better and be able to perform their sport to the best of their ability.

Q: How do I care for acute injuries? Do I use ice or heat?

A: The simplest way to remember how to treat acute injuries is by the acronym R.I.C.E.

R- Rest. The injury needs time to heal. Resting the body part with minimal activity allows the body to rebuild itself. Make sure the athlete gets plenty of sleep and utilize additional equipment (crutches, braces/splints, sling, etc.) if applicable.

I- Ice. Initially, it’s best to ice the injury to reduce soreness and swelling. Ice 15-20 minutes maximum. Always wait at least 45 minutes to an hour before icing again. Let the skin completely recover to prevent skin damage. Leaving ice on longer does not make the injury heal quicker, it actually has a counter-affect and can cause cell damage. If the athletes has a sensitivity to ice, he/she can put a cloth under the ice or use a cool bath instead.  Icing 3-4 times a day for the first 48-72 hours is generally recommended. Do not use heat unless it’s a muscular injury and it has been at least 72 hours since the injury occurred, and the swelling/bruising has subsided. Products like IcyHot are topical pain relievers (skin deep). They should not replace ice/heat.

C- Compression. Wrapping an injury and keeping it compressed helps keep swelling and bruising down.  Athletes can use an ace wrap or compression sleeve (available at any pharmacy or sporting goods store, i.e. Walgreens, Rite Aid, MC Sports). Do not wear the compression wrap while sleeping because of slower circulation. Make sure the wrap is snug, but not too tight.

E- Elevation. Keeping the injured limb above heart level will also reduce swelling. Gravity tends to pull swelling and bruising to the body’s lowest point. By elevating the injury, gravity will work along with circulation to keep the swelling minimal. In the case of a lower leg injury, putting an old sweatshirt or blanket under the end of the mattress at night will elevate it enough above the heart without disturbing sleep.

Q: What about taking Ibuprofen?

A: Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce pain and swelling. If the athlete is not allergic, ibuprofen can be given (please consult a physician if there are further questions). Always follow the labeled directions.