(O’FALLON, IL) – The Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs) of HSHS Athletes Advantage Sports Medicine at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital are celebrating National Athletic Training Month during March 2020. National Athletic Training Month spreads awareness about the important work of athletic trainers. “ATs Impact Health Care Through Action” is the theme of this year’s National Athletic Training Month, which is sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).
Certified athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide emergency care and prevent, evaluate and treat injuries and medical conditions for people in work, life and play including athletes, industrial workers, military service members and public servants.
HSHS Athletes Advantage Sports Medicine has been providing certified athletic trainers to schools throughout the region since 2002. Starting with one school and one certified athletic trainer, Athletes Advantage now has 15 certified athletic trainers and two PRNs covering 14 high schools, one junior college and one university.

Athletic trainers serve students at:

  • Althoff Catholic High School, Belleville

  • Breese Central High School

  • Breese Mater Dei High School

  • Brownstown High School

  • Carlyle High School

  • Cumberland High School

  • Dieterich High School

  • Greenville High School

  • Greenville University

  • Highland High School

  • O’Fallon Township High School

  • Okawville High School

  • St. Anthony High School, Effingham

  • St. Elmo High School

  • Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville

  • Wesclin High School, Trenton

Through these important partnerships, certified athletic trainers attend games and practices at the schools to provide on-site injury evaluation, management of concussion injuries and sport-specific rehabilitation to ensure ideal outcomes. Additionally, through the Athletes Advantage Program, student athletes have access to licensed physical therapists and assistants to rehabilitate sports injuries, working in conjunction with certified athletic trainers to ensure a comprehensive rehabilitation and timely return to activity.

The Athletes Advantage team also takes their expertise out to the community during fitness events such as races and walks.
“We do many volunteer events. We have provided medical coverage for the Belleville Marathon the last couple of years. We assist with HSHS health fairs and provide summer camp opportunities in our service areas focusing on strength, speed and agility,” said HSHS Athletes Advantage Manager Jamie Wagner, MEd, ATC, CSCS.
Athletes Advantage’s certified athletic trainers include:
Program Coordinator
Jamie Wagner, MEd, ATC, CSCS
Southwestern Illinois College
Amy Von Hatten, ATC
Althoff Catholic High School
Suzi Wessel, ATC
Highland High School
Erin Hoepfner, ATC
Breese Central High School
Marty Stewart, ATC
Breese Mater Dei High School
Sloane Hogg, ATC
Greenville High School
Brandon Kircher, ATC
St. Anthony High School
Mitch Dasenbrock, ATC
Dieterich High School
Dave Pruemer, ATC
St. Elmo and Brownstown High Schools
Dave Pruemer, ATC
Wesclin High School
Brady Moore, MAT, ATC
O'Fallon Township High School
Brynn Hackney, ATC & Shelby Thiems, ATC
Greenville University
Mike Peppler, ATC &
Whitney Kessler, ATC
Carlyle and Okawville High Schools
Kathy Kampwerth, ATC
Cumberland High School
Tanner Krumwiede, ATC
Valerie Haas, ATC
Stacy Turner, ATC
For more HSHS Athletes Advantage Sports Medicine, visit athletesadvantage.hshs.org.
Photo Caption: Celebrating National Athletic Training Month are the Athletes Advantage certified athletic trainers serving in the Belleville and O’Fallon area (left to right): Amy Von Hatten (Southwestern Illinois College), Brynn Hackney and Shelby Thiems (O'Fallon Township High School) and Suzi Wessel (Althoff Catholic High School).

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Kelly Barbeau

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 41270

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