Partnering with area high schools to keep student athletes safe and healthy

We’re partnering with area high schools to keep student athletes safe and healthy.

To ensure the health of our area high school athletes, Pullman Regional Hospital’s Orthopaedic Center of Excellence has partnered with Colton, Garfield-Palouse, Potlatch and Pullman school districts to provide Certified Athletic Trainers at each school and serve more than 750 kids.  The program also includes a free weekly clinic available to student athletes, consistent return-to-play protocol and timely access to orthopaedic consults.

An organized program ensures high school athletes are well prepared for activities, properly and efficiently treated for injuries and can return to play safely and quickly.


Our Commitment to High School Student Athletes:
  • A vision to building a sustainable long-term program
  • 3-year contract with each high school for full-service athletic training benefits, tailored for each school
  • Athletic trainers will attend practices, games and camps based on the schools’ unique needs
  • All athletes injured during their sporting event will have access to weekly clinics (at no cost)
  • All athletes will have timely access to evaluation and treatment with Inland Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine physicians


A Regional Need

Pullman Regional Hospital (PRH) has contracted with the Colton School District for 16 years to provide athletic training services for student-athletes during practices, games, and camps in addition to providing treatment to injured athletes—at no additional cost—at PRH’s outpatient physical therapy clinic. While the cost of providing these services have far surpassed the contracted rates the school district can afford to pay, the benefit for these young athletes is priceless, especially as ramifications of concussion injuries have become more deeply researched.


Expanding Services for our Student Athletes

The needs of our youth, the recognized value of this program for the Colton School District, and the vision of the orthopaedic surgeons for a long-term sustainable program is the catalyst behind expanding the athletic training program to three additional schools.

The expansion of this program is being developed through the Orthopaedic Center of Excellence, a partnership between Pullman Regional Hospital and Inland Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine; Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation; and Washington State University Athletic Training Program.

To meet the needs of each high school, a certified athletic trainer (ATC), employed by Pullman Regional Hospital, will serve each school, assisted by up to two Washington State University athletic training students. Providing each school their very own ATC will empower the school to decide on game, practice, off-season training, and summer camp athletic training needs.

ATCs will work in conjunction with student-athletes and their families, coaches, ATCs in training, and physicians at Inland Orthopaedics, with the goal of providing consistent and efficient treatment, triage and prevention of sports injuries. In addition to receiving care on the field, athletes will have access (at no cost) to a weekly clinic for athletic training evaluation, treatment, and orthopaedic surgeon consultations.


Physician Champions

“I have been taking care of athletes on the Palouse for the past 20 years. From elite college athletes, to weekend warriors, to pee-wee football, I have seen the standard of care progress, and I have been proud of the quality of care provided. The Regional High School Athletic Training Program has been a dream and top priority of our Orthopaedic Center of Excellence. Seeing a full-time athletic trainer in every high school become a reality, gives our high school athletes an unsurpassed sports injury preventative and treatment experience that will set the standard for all communities. Having met with school boards, administrators, athletic directors, coaches and parents, I sense the terrific momentum we have going, and I hope every person connected with our athletic community will join us in this valuable endeavor.”

– Dr. Steven Pennington, Orthopaedic Surgeon for Inland Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Physician Champion for the Regional High School Athletic Training Program


“As a parent and physician, I want our children to excel. We are hoping to create a better environment for our children to grow and learn. Embedding athletic trainers in these high schools provides healthcare—free of charge—to more than 750 high school student athletes. It’s a wonderful service, and I am so grateful for the support we’ve already received. I invite you to join us. Imagine what we can do together as a team.”

– Dr. Ed Tingstad, Orthopaedic Surgeon for Inland Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Physician Champion for the Regional High School Athletic Training Program


Community Volunteer Champions
  • Amy Tull
  • Amy Rogers
  • Brett Bennett
  • Jason Gesser
  • Michelle Kinkade
  • Rock Christeson
  • Shelley McGregor


Join Our Winning Team

Your gift to the Regional High School Athletic Training Program is more than a donation; you’re joining our winning team. Donate today online or, download and mail a pledge form, or contact the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation at (509) 332-2046.

Thank You Program Sponsors Avista Foundation, Palouse Commercial Real Estate, and Dave Christy State Farm Insurance!

Center of Orthopaedic Excellence

Dr. Steven Pennington and Dr. Ed Tingstad of Inland Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

Certified Athletic Trainers Serving our Region

Stephanie Winchell, Nicole Clements, Amy Garrison, Kai Seshiki, and Jasmine Harris (not pictured)

What is an Athletic Trainer?

Certified & licensed sports medicine health care professional. Areas of expertise include: recognize/evaluate injuries, develop rehab plans for injured athletes, implement preventative programs through clinics, provide first aid or emergency care