Jon Heydrick, L.A.T., A.T.C.

Mar 30, 2021 / Sports Medicine

Athletic Trainers Bring a Unique Set of Skills to our Sports Medicine Team

Athletic trainers play an important role in the safety of youth athletes. At Scottish Rite for Children, the sports medicine team employs athletic trainers in two functions.

Athletic Trainers on the Sidelines
Led by athletic trainer (AT) and community liaison, Jon Heydrick, L.A.T., A.T.C., our athletic trainer pool covers a variety of youth sporting events. You’ll find our staff on the sidelines providing immediate response and management of care for new injuries and decision-making for returning athletes to play, or not, after an assessment.

Athletic trainers are licensed health care providers that have skills and knowledge to evaluate injuries and determine when care outside their scope is needed. Scottish Rite sports medicine physician, Shane M. Miller, M.D., says, “Athletic trainers are vital to the safety of youth sports at all levels. They are some of the most versatile and dependable people I know.”

You may have seen our team on the sidelines at Dallas Texans games, U90C tournaments and WOGA events. In each of these environments, we work with administers and communication teams to be sure that our value extends beyond the sidelines. Whether Jon is providing pre-season coaching education or providing material for e-newsletters, our message is clear – we want to prevent injuries and keep kids enjoying their childhood!

Want to learn more about being a part of the Scottish Rite team?
We often have openings in our PRN Athletic Trainer pool. If you are a licensed athletic trainer in North Texas, contact

Athletic Trainers in the Clinic
Our sports medicine clinic staff work in core groups and each group has an athletic trainer who participates in almost every clinic visit. From initial conversations about the reason for a visit to implementing treatment plans, the athletic trainer uses their sports mindset. Knowing sport, position, season and injury description contribute dramatically to understand how the care plan is developed and provided. Brace selection and fitting and exercise recommendations are among the many responsibilities an athletic trainer performs in the clinic.  Pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Philip L. Wilson, M.D., says, “Having an athletic trainer in our clinic ramps up the value for our patients. I know the treatment plan our team establishes will be well communicated to the athletes and parents in a way that makes sense and respect each as an individual and his or her role on a team.”

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