Closings and delays

Forsyth Co. athletic program may be discontinued

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Katy Martin, an athletic trainer with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center who works at Carver High School, wraps up a scratch for rising sophomore running back Devon Pleasants during football workouts. (Credit: Andrew Dye/JOURNAL)

FORSYTH CO., N.C. — Playing through pain and playing while hurt.

At all levels of sports, but particularly in high school, recognizing and acknowledging the distinction can be the difference between a healthy recovery and chronic pain that could last a lifetime — or in rare cases, the difference between life and death.

For the past 20 months, 12 Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high schools have had certified athletic trainers on hand to provide an expert opinion on when a player should return to action, whether during the event, later in the season or not at all.

The program, however, appears in jeopardy since a contract expired June 1 between the school system and the two medical centers that support it. Wake Forest Baptist and Forsyth medical centers say they have not decided yet whether to continue the program at a combined $1 million cost.

The certified athletic trainers assist coaches and players year-round at practice and games in evaluating injuries and working with their rehabilitation.

This article was written by Richard Craver and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.