As statistics point to a rise in avoidable deaths among high school athletes, because of heat exhaustion, concussion, even cardiac arrest, more schools are looking at adding athletic trainers to their rosters. The trainers are taught to look for possible problems in young players before the serious symptoms show up. And schools like Fairfax provide special training for their athletic trainers and coaches, so they are ready for anything.
So there's an emergency action plan that coaches have for every facility that they're at, where they practice and as well as where they compete.
Athletic trainers are also the medical experts away from home.
The Fairfax county model costs several million dollars a year - but many school districts across the country are looking at it as a way to protect their young athletes.