The University of Kansas Health System

46th Annual 101 Awards

Athletic Trainer Spotlight:John Derington

John Derington joined The University of Kansas Health System Sports Medicine and Performance Center in August 2014. He is the head athletic trainer at Blue Valley North High School.

Derington is an integral part of the athletic program at the school.  He is at the school every day for practices and on the sidelines of games working directly with all student athletes. He works closely with coaches and parents to ensure they can perform at their maximum potential, but most of all that they are safe and injury-free.

“The best part of my job is building relationships with my student athletes and keeping them healthy,” said Derington. “I love the people I work with and enjoy having a job where I get to be outdoors at least 50 percent of the time.”

As the liaison between the athlete and a doctor, Derington plays an important role in facilitating and communicating proper treatment and care needed for injuries that require additional medical attention. This also includes proper rehabilitation techniques and training.

As a testament to his work, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association named Blue Valley North High School a ‘Safe Sports School’ for its focus on promoting safe environments for student athletes.

Derington has always enjoyed an active lifestyle being around athletes. He wanted to find a career where he could help others and build friendships, so athletic training was a natural fit for him.

“Our health is the most important thing to us,” said Derington. “I enjoy helping athletes learn how to help their own bodies and facilitate the healing process when there is an injury.”

Derington is originally from Provo, Utah, and has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Athletic Training from Brigham Young University. He worked with BYU’s gymnastics, football, lacrosse and baseball teams as part of his training. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

He is an Eagle Scout and enjoys golfing in his spare time. He might also surprise you with his singing skills and ability to do a back flip.

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