The University of Kansas Health System

46th Annual 101 Awards

Athletic Trainer Spotlight:Doug Wiesner

Doug Wiesner, program director for youth sports medicine at The University of Kansas Health SystemAs the program director for youth sports medicine, Doug Wiesner looks out for the health and safety of young athletes all over Kansas City. He manages the Sports Medicine and Performance Center’s relationships with high schools, including the Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley, De Soto and Lansing school districts.

Wiesner is a strong advocate of youth sports safety and has played an important role in building the youth sports program at The University of Kansas Health System Sports Medicine and Performance Center. He believes that care should be a comprehensive experience between the athlete, coach, parent, athletic trainer, physician and other providers where everyone is communicating and working together to ensure the players’ safety.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing injuries at younger and younger ages, which lead to more complicated issues later in life,” said Wiesner. “Our goal is to make sure young athletes all over Kansas City have access to expert care to help prevent and properly treat sports injuries to keep them healthy and performing at their best.”

Wiesner oversees a team of certified athletic trainers individually assigned to each school, working side by side with them at practices, home contests and road games across the city. He works together with the athletic trainers, coaches, school administrators and parents to build customized conditioning, rehabilitation and nutritional programs as well as emergency action plans for injuries.

He also works closely with physicians to organize sports physicals and baseline concussion testing, as well as the treatment and rehabilitation of any injuries.

“I’m proud to work with such an amazing team that is dedicated to supporting the health of young athletes,” said Wiesner. “Our proactive involvement on the sidelines is making a huge difference in the safety and performance of our athletes.”

Wiesner grew up in Kansas City, and one of his high school coaches introduced him to athletic training as a potential career. He decided to pursue it and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) degree from the University of Missouri.

Prior to joining the Sports Medicine and Performance Center, he worked as an athletic trainer for the Chicago White Sox minor system, Kansas City Comets Indoor Soccer, and at Sports Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy. He also had the honor of working with a team of Navy SEALS.

Wiesner is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and is licensed in both Missouri and Kansas as an athletic trainer. He is also an American Heart Association-certified CPR, AED and first aid instructor.

In his free time, he enjoys golf, scuba diving, and DIY projects.

 

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