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Welcome to the Mankato West High School Scarlet Athletic Training/Sports Medicine web site. It is our privilege to provide health care to Scarlet athletes.

FEEDBACK:  Let us know how we are doing. Is there anything we can do to improve your overall injury care experience? Please complete the survey for athletes and parents found in the A.T. Feedback link.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT for athletic training services at West High School is given through a cooperative effort by the Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic: Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, School District 77, and the Mankato West Scarlet Booster Club.

The Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic

 

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Athletic Training Services/Athletic Trainer Feedback 
As your Athletic Trainer at Mankato West High School, I strive to provide the highest quality of care possible. The athletic training students from Minnesota State University-Mankato are also striving to attain the same goals as they develop their clinical skills. With that in mind, this section is your opportunity to tell us how we are doing. We cannot maintain a high standard of care, unless we are given consistent feedback regarding the performance of our work. We need to know what we are doing well and need to continue and what we are not doing well and need to improve.
 
Concussion Symptom Monitoring 

Athletic Training Satisfaction

Parent and Athlete: Immediate Injury Survey 

Parent and Athlete: Follow up care and treatment 

Visiting Team Survey 

Head Athletic Trainer Evaluation (Administrator/Coach Survey) 

Sports Medicine Services Survey 

MSU ATEP Clinical Students

ATS Evaluation of Preceptor 

Visiting Team Information

Welcome to Mankato West High School. Our athletic training coverage policy of the various sporting events we have are as follows:

Full coverage of home events by a certified athletic trainer (ATC) in the following sports: football, boys and girl's soccer, wrestling, boy's and girl's basketball, boy's and girl's ice hockey, gymnastics and boy's and girl's track. On the days where we have multiple home events in full coverage sports we do contract for more than one athletic trainer.

In all other sports, the coaches and site managers are instructed in activating the emergency action plan in the event of an injury. All coaches and site managers have my cell phone number in the event of an injury that is a non-emergency, but would still benefit from an on-site evaluation, if it is at all possible for me to arrive at your event site in a timely fashion.

WHAT WE WILL PROVIDE AT OUR HOME EVENTS

Football: We will provide one chest of injury ice on your sidelines and one for your dressing room. You will need to bring coolers for water, but we do have access to water within good proximity to Todnem Field. For varsity games you will have access to our main athletic training room for taping and injury evaluation. You will have one table for injury evaluation and one for water, ice, etc on your sidelines. We also have the following emergency items available: Crutches, arm slings, knee immobilizers, SAM splints and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Soccer and Track: We will provide 1-2 chests of injury ice for use by both teams, along with our first-aid kits and the emergency items listed above.

Gymnasium Events: We will provide a chest of injury ice and a cooler with water on each bench for gymnasium events, along with our first aid kits and the emergency items listed above. At present we will not supply cups, so your teams are going to have to bring their own cups or water bottles.

Gymnastics and Hockey: We will provide 1-2 chests of injury ice, our first aid kits and the emergency items listed above.

SUPPLIES AND SERVICES

If you need to have athletes taped prior to an event or if there is any other service you will need from us, please contact me (507-381-1729). I will be happy to tape your athletes, but you will need to provide the supplies out of your respective first aid kits.

 
Helpful Maps/Directions to Follow-up Medical Care 
 
Mankato Weather and Visitor Information

Concussion Information

Here we will attempt to simplify a topic for our patients, parents and coaches, that isn't always that simple.  We hope that through the use of links, downloadable documents and videos that we are able to provide enough information to answer many of the questions you have over the topic of concussions, their management and returning to learning and sports participation after sustaining a concussion.  If you have further questions, please contact us.  Thank you.

What is a Concussion?  

 

Second Impact Syndrome and the Dangers of Concussions

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Randy Palmer Bio

Randy is beginning his 14th year as an athletic trainer for the Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic and his 12th year as an athletic trainer for Mankato West High School.  The Owatonna High School graduate is in his 28th year of practice as an athletic trainer at the high school level.  

Randy completed his undergraduate work at Mankato State University, earning degrees in health, physical education and athletic training in 1979.  He earned his Master's Degree in Education and Exercise Science from the University of Houston in 1987.  He then returned to Minnesota State University-Mankato to add 5-12 Mathematics to his teaching licensure in 2007.  

Randy began his professional career by going south to Houston, Texas.  There he practiced as a high school athletic trainer for two suburban school districts over the course of the next 11 years.  

Upon returning to Mankato in 1990, Randy has since worked as an athletic trainer with Mankato East, St. Clair, Maple River, LeCenter, Cleveland, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton, New Ulm, and Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High Schools, prior to working with Mankato West.  

Randy has also served as a preceptor for the Athletic Training Education Program at Minnesota State University Mankato, having worked with over 50 students during their clinical rotations.  He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA) and Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association (MATA).  He currently serves on the Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee and the Public Relations Committee as a website team member for the MATA.  

Randy and his wife Rachel have two adult children, Kyle and Allison, both of whom are graduates of Mankato West High School.  

Amanda Kruse Bio

Amanda graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2015 with Bachelor’s degrees in both Athletic Training and Exercise Science. She gained experience in Missoula, Montana after graduation before returning to Mankato to work at Mankato West High School through the Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic.

She recently completed her Master’s degree in Business Administration, which she uses to assist her husband, Todd, with operations at Optivus Physical Therapy, LLC (formerly Wenger Physical Therapy) in North Mankato. Todd took over the clinic from Ron and Linda Wenger in October 2017 and they have since agreed to contract Athletic Training services to assist the Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic with coverage of high school events, mainly at Mankato West High School.

Amanda and Todd reside in North Mankato with their daughter, Talya, and their dog, Oakley.

MEET OUR TEAM

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Randy Palmer, M.Ed, ATC, ATR
Cell: (507) 381-1729
School: (507) 207-3934
rpalme2@isd77.org

Amanda Kruse headshot

Amanda Kruse, MBA, LAT, ATC
School: (507) 207-3934
akruse1@isd77.org​​​​​​​