Rhinelander School District has landed two sizable grants to help pay for a new athletics trainer position at the high school.
Ministry Medical Group and the Aspirus Clinic have each donated $15,000 to the school district’s athletic program.
Athletics Trainer is a role that Rhinelander native Eric Prom has been filling for a few years now, but until now he’s been employed by Marshfield Clinic. Now he’ll be an employee of the school district.
“I’m here covering practices, games. I cover as many games as I can. Kind of as a first responder, doing rehab in the room, helping with prevention of injuries.”
Prom says he’ll also have some availability to help community members using the fitness center at Rhinelander High School.
Jason Lowry, Ministry Orthopedic Surgeon with and volunteer Medical Advisory team physician at the high school, explains that having an athletics trainer working solely for the school district will allow for more focus on the student athletes.
“His presence here is going to be more consistent, to help particularly around the head injury issue – recognizing, identifying and guiding the return to play and return to learn aspects of a head injury.”
Aspirus and Ministry presented their donations to the Rhinelander School District Wednesday.