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 – preventing over 4,476 injuries per year (based on a 2012 injury rate study from the American Academy of Pediatrics and actual number of injuries documented by OPA athletic trainers during the 2018-2019 season in the Anchorage School District). 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 treatment during games and practices.
  • Emergency treatment — ATCs are trained in life-saving skills such as CPR and AED use. 
  • 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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Paul Bryan Beachem, IV, MS, ATC

Special Interests:
Emergency Care, Bracing, Surgical Assisting, Sports Medicine
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Kristi Castellaw, ATC

Special Interests:
Athletic Training, Injury Prevention, Sports Medicine, Community Education, Strength, Rehabilitation & Fitness Programs
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Kimberly Gilmore, LAT, ATC

Special Interests:
Athletic Training; Concussion Prevention, Education, Management & Rehabilitation
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Steven Lim, ATC

Special Interests:
Athletic Training, Injury Prevention, Shoulder Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine
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Mary Perez, MS, ATC

Special Interests:
Athletic Training, Injury Prevention, Sports Nutrition
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Cassidy Soistman, MS, ATC

Special Interests:
Athletic Training, Sports Medicine
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Cassandra Winczura, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS, ACSM EP-C, USAW

Special Interests:
Athletic Training, Injury Prevention & Education, Concussion Diagnosis & Management, Vestibular Rehabilitation
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Lynne Young, M.Ed., ATC, ITAT

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