Free Athletic Training Services Provided to Local Middle and High Schools
Throughout the Gorge
Mid-Columbia Medical Center helps local athletes win on and off the field.
As part of our mission to spread health and wellness throughout the community,
MCMC provides FREE athletic training services to 8 local middle and high
schools. Our free services include injury prevention, triage, rehabilitation
and concussion care.
To get our local athletes back on the field as quickly and safely as possible,
our 5-part program offers the following benefits:
MCMC provides free athletic training services to 8 area middle and high schools.
Our 5 full time staff dedicate their entire workload to keeping student
athletes at these schools safe and healthy through the year-round sports season.
Core ATC duties include injury prevention programs, sideline injury triage/care,
and post-injury rehabilitation in collaboration with MCMC therapy services
Strength and Conditioning
Our ATC staff provide in-school strength, conditioning and injury prevention
classes, which has led to athletes becoming bigger, stronger and faster.
We currently assist 5 local schools directly with these classes and have
enjoyed watching enrollment soar and the number of classes increase year-over-year.
Coaches report high levels of satisfaction with the increasing athleticism
and speed development of their players.
Our ATCs have teamed with MCMC doctors, physician assistants, physical
therapists, and emergency medicine providers to develop comprehensive
concussion management programs.
Our goal is to return athletes to school and sports safely and efficiently,
while ensuring that every student has an advocate looking out for their
best interests. Thanks to our success, other local schools and community
care organizations have adopted portions of it as part of their concussion
We also partner with the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) to
provide free state-mandated IMPact baseline and post-concussion screening
at no cost to schools or families.
Summer Strength Camps
Each year MCMC Sports Medicine, in partnership with MCMC Therapy Services,
offers a series of free 8-week strength, conditioning and injury prevention
camps to area youth.
We currently run camps in Dufur, The Dalles, Hood River and White Salmon.
Camps are open to any local youth from 6th-12th grade.
Camps have an emphasis on fun, camaraderie and inclusivity, and are meant
to help prevent common non-contact sports injuries such as hamstring pulls,
ACL tears and ankle sprains by improving strength and athleticism.
MCMC Care Pathway
MCMC Sports Medicine ATCs enjoy instant access to and communication with
a comprehensive team of MCMC orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists,
and pediatric and family medicine providers.
To get young athletes back on the field as quickly and safely as possible,
we are usually able to schedule a visit with necessary providers in 1-3
days. This streamlined approach results in quicker and safer return to play.
In addition, we participate in community events like The Dalles Youth Football games,
the Pig Bowl,
Babe Ruth and
JBO baseball and sponsor many local athletic organizations.
John Barresse, Certified Athletic Trainer
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Maybe the most interesting thing about John choosing athletic training
as his career is, he didn’t even know what training was until his
college adviser suggested he look into pursuing a degree in it. He signed
up for observation hours in the athletic training room at Eastern Oregon
University as a sophomore and was hooked on becoming an ATC. He graduated
from the program and became BOC certified in 2003.
John continued his education at the University of Oregon, where he earned
a master’s degree in sports medicine in 2005. While at the UO, John
had the opportunity to work with both Springfield High School and UO athletes.
John is patient about his career. “Working at a high school is great,”
he says. “My day is never dull. But what I like most is being able
to make a positive influence in today’s youth because that is very
rewarding to me. I love what I do.”
Esther Ferguson, Certified Athletic Trainer
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Esther became interested in athletic training after working with the athletic
trainer at her high school following her own sports injury. She earned
her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from California State
University, Long Beach and a master’s degree in athletic training
from California Baptist University. Esther moved to Oregon after working
as an athletic trainer with the U.S. Army attached to a basic training
She is excited to be working with high school athletics and most enjoys
spending time on the sidelines getting to know the athletes and helping
them perform to their maximum potential.
Joseph Lanzetti, Certified Athletic Trainer
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I discovered the field of athletic training during my time at Portland
State University where I spent two years as an intern with the PSU women’s
soccer team. The job was never predictable, and I spent a lot of time
outside working directly with athletes to help them perform at their best.
After graduating from PSU, I enrolled at the University of Arkansas where
I earned my Masters of Athletic Training.
One thing I really love about this job is that my patients want to continuously
improve, or after an injury, be at least as good as before the injury.
Knowing that I can help them in that journey to become stronger and smarter
is incredibly rewarding.
Matt Eby, Personal Trainer
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An ACSM-certified personal trainer with a degree in exercise and sport
science and more than 15 years of experience, Matt has a diverse background.
He played college basketball and college and semi-pro baseball. He also
enjoyed two seasons as a snowboard instructor, and has completed two duathlons
and nine sprint triathlons, and raced dirt bikes.
Matt provides school athletes with strength, speed and agility training
as well as hydration and nutrition advice. Through our clinic’s
Sportsmetrics program, he works with athletes year-round on strength and
conditioning, speed and agility and ACL injury prevention.