The Westminster Schools of Augusta Athletic Training Program exists to assist athletes in the prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and subsequent return to their chosen sport(s).
Tim McLane MBA, ATC, LAT
Senior Athletic Trainer
Head Trainer at Westminster Schools of Augusta
GHSUMC Sports Medicine
Tim McLane graduated from the University of Florida and obtained his MBA from Webster University. He has been active as an Athletic Trainer for 30 years. His experience has included the University of Pittsburgh where he was involved in research and served as a clinical adjunct for the University of Florida, the University of North Florida and Florida Southern College.
McLane has run practices for physicians and rehabilitation clinics. He has also traveled to Moscow for medical research and support in marathons, worked as a personnel and equipment manager for the Pittsburgh Marathon, worked with U.S.A. Wrestling and Ice Skating, and has been a member of the U.S.A. Gymnastics Medical staff since 1996. He has been a volunteer member for the U.S. Olympic Committee since 2004 and traveled to both Turkey and Thailand for the World University Games. McLane was inducted into the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida Hall of Fame in 2004 and was inducted into the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association in 2012. He has been active in governmental affairs and legislative initiatives for the profession since 1993. McLane prefers working with high school athletes in order to help them obtain higher levels of education through sports.
As an integral member of each of our athletic teams, our certified athletic trainer provides health care for each of our student-athletes. This service encompasses all facets of the prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. An athlete’s subsequent return to his or her chosen sport(s) is carefully reviewed by him and includes evaluation and management of additional conditions that may influence performance. Our athletic trainer is nationally certified through the sole certifying and supporting organization for athletic trainers: the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
The Athletic Training Staff is on campus to provide athletic training care to Westminster Schools of Augusta GISA sanctioned sports. Coverage will include after school practices for Middle School and Upper School athletes as well as varsity home games and competitions.
Emergency Contact/Health History
Prior to participation in any practices or competitions in athletics at Westminster Schools of Augusta, the Athletic Department and our Athletic Trainer must have the current address, emergency contact, insurance, medical alert and health history information pertaining to your son or daughter on file. This information will be taken from the Athletic Physical.
Student-athletes are to report each injury incurred to the athletic trainer. Each injury should be reported, as soon as possible, following the incidence of injury. In the event that the athletic trainer is not in the immediate vicinity, injuries must be reported to the appropriate coach who will relay the message to the athletic trainer for proper evaluation, treatment, and referral, if appropriate.
Return to Play
Following an injury, an athlete must receive clearance to return to play. If under the care of a physician, a student-athlete must obtain clearance from the treating physician and communicate this to the athletic trainer, prior to being allowed to return to participation. If a student-athlete is solely under the care of the athletic trainer, the athletic trainer will provide clearance.
The GISA requires all coaches to participate every year in a GISA-approved course on concussion management.
Each parent will receive an information sheet outlining what a concussion is, the signs seen by parents, coaches and others, the symptoms or signs the athlete may report as having, methods or steps to preventing concussions, and an overview of the process for return to play. Documentation of signed or electronic receipt of the above document(s) is required from the parents before the athlete may be allowed to participate.
Each student athlete will receive information regarding steps to prevent or mitigate concussions, signs and symptoms they may experience with a concussion, the importance of reporting suspected concussions, and the steps they need to take if they feel they have incurred a concussion.
If an athlete incurs a concussion or is suspected of a concussion, they will be removed from participation immediately. Said athlete will then be evaluated by the appropriate medical personnel.
Appropriate medical personnel include physicians, physician assistants, Athletic Trainers, nurse practitioners who have specialized training in concussion recognition and treatment. Athletic Trainers by the nature of their education and training have such knowledge.
If such medical personnel are on site and determine the athlete to not have a concussion, they may be returned to participation with written clearance.
If the athlete is deemed to have suffered a concussion, the athlete is to follow medical direction and be cleared in writing before returning to play.
Following a diagnosis of concussion, student-athletes are expected to check-in with the athletic trainer, daily, so that the individual’s progress may be monitored. Concussed athletes are to refrain from all exertional physical activity, are to engage in only limited mental activity, and are to be particularly diligent about maintaining an adequate sleep schedule, a nutritious diet and sufficient hydration, for as long as symptoms persist. At that time, athletes will be guided by the athletic training staff in a gradual return to play.
Treatment and Rehabilitation
Injured student-athletes are expected to meet with the athletic trainer on a daily basis, for treatment and/or rehabilitation. This schedule will continue, in conjunction with a progressive return to participation, until the athletic training staff, or the treating physician, has provided clearance to return to full participation.