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COVID-19's impact on local athletic trainers

Local Athletic Trainer talks adjustments with student-athletes during pandemic
Posted: 6:19 PM, Mar 19, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-19 19:28:30-04
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(LEX 18) — Interview with athletic trainer Peter Gray

Athletic Trainers are just one of the many professions being impacted by the coronoavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, LEX 18 caught up with UK Orthopaedics and Henry Clay athletic trainer, Peter Gray, to talk about how it's affected him and his student-athletes who are unable to receive face-to-face treatment.

"It's very uncharted territory for us," said Gray. "The normal break in high school athletics in Kentucky is a two week dead period in the summer, so this amount of time to be in non-contact with our athletes is kind of unheard of."

However, there are still ways for athletic trainers to stay in contact with their student-athletes.

"We're notorious for being available to our athletes, and we're going to stay available to our athletes. We're going to continue to have our impact at these high schools," added Gray.

Gray also said that he and other athletic trainers in the area are just a phone call away for parents and students to get a hold of them.

As for the athletic training profession, Gray emphasized that they will still be able to make their impacts, not only as trainers for high school student athletes, but for other medical needs at their respective hospitals.

For student-athletes who aren't able to receive face-to-face treatment from local trainers, there are other resources for them to explore to stay active and continue to train during the pandemic.

Gray has been writing UK HealthMatters blogs for easy access. All you need to do is visit ukhealthcare.uky.edu and search for 'Peter Gray' in the search bar.