Athletic Training

As a service to the community, OPA dedicates its entire team of certified athletic trainers to work full time in Anchorage and Mat-Su school district high schools. OPA athletic trainers also support many local events and organizations free of charge.

Athletic Trainer Services

  • Clinical evaluation, diagnosis and/or referrals for a wide variety of medical conditions.  
  • Evaluating and re-evaluating readiness to play. 
  • Taping players before or during practices & games. 
  • Therapeutic exercise planning. 
  • Gait training. 
  • Orthotic (brace) fitting. 
  • Pre-game instruction and training at coaches and players meetings. 
  • Injury & emergency treatment during games and practices. 
  • Care coordination with physicians, surgeons, EMTs and emergency department staff as needed. 
  • Concussion prevention education & baseline testing assistance (now required by school districts). 
  • Concussion return-to-play protocol supervision. 
  • Consultation with parents, coaches, players and others regarding injury prevention and rehabilitation for individual players.

Athletic Trainer Community Benefits

Athletic trainers help individuals and entire communities stay healthy and play safe.  

Athletes: Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, athletic trainers can make an immediate difference in your performance and your recovery. They also give you the self-awareness you need to remain safely active throughout your life. 

Coaches: Coaches count on ATs to help prevent injuries, to keep their players healthy and performing well throughout the season, and to know it’s safe for them to return to play after an injury. 

Parents: Having a readily accessible health care provider at games and practices gives parents peace of mind that their kids will be as safe as possible — and well taken care of. 

School Administrators: In addition to reducing overall injury rates, the presence of athletic trainers during school athletics reduces exposure to liability. It also keeps the school on the forefront of injury prevention and sports safety. 

The OPA team is lead by veteran athletic trainer Lynne Young, M.Ed., ATC, ITAT whom many consider to be Alaska's authority on concussion prevention and return-to-play protocols. She has hand-picked athletic trainers from Alaska and around the country to serve Southcentral Alaska.

 

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Alyssa Babcock, MS, ATC, PES

Special Interests:
Athletic Training, Injury Prevention, Exercise Science, Enhancing Athletic Performance
Location:
Anchorage
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Paul Bryan Beacham, IV, MS, ATC

Special Interests:
Emergency Care, Bracing, Surgical Assisting, Sports Medicine
Location:
Anchorage
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James Berry, MS, ATC, LAT

Special Interests:
Athletic Training, Injury Prevention, Sports Performance
Location:
Anchorage
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Nick Lambertsen, MS, ATC

Special Interests:
Athletic Training, Concussion Evaluation & Management, Sports Medicine
Location:
Anchorage
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Mary Perez, MS, ATC

Special Interests:
Athletic Training, Injury Prevention, Sports Nutrition
Location:
Anchorage
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Lynne Young, M.Ed., ATC, ITAT

Special Interests:
Athletic Training, ACL Prevention Program, Injury Prevention, Concussion Protocols, Osteoporosis Prevention
Location:
Anchorage