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Head Athletic Trainer:  Kate Ihle, ATC, ATR, LAT, ROT, NASM-PES

I am the Athletic Training Team Lead for Essentia Health's West Region. This is my 7th school year with Essentia Health and the Frazee-Vergas School District. I coordinate a staff of 8 currently and we service fifteen schools ranging from Valley City, North Dakota to Bagley, Minnesota. Athletic trainers are musculoskeletal evaluation experts. We are trained in orthopedic assessment, therapeutic rehabilitation, therapeutic modalities, acute emergency care, first aid, concussion management, general medical conditions, and durable medical equipment. We also serve as a liaison between athletes, parents, care providers, and coaches. 

Degrees: In December 2017 I will graduate with a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Management from Minnesota State University-Moorhead;  I am a 2011 Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training graduate from North Dakota State University...Go BISON! \m/

Certified: Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers (ATC); Registered with the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (ATR); Licensed from the state of North Dakota (LAT)

Other Credentials: Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine; Registered Orthopedic Technologist (ROT) through the American Society of Orthopedic Professionals; CPR and First Aid certified through the American Heart Association 

Previous Experiences: NDSU Football, NDSU Women's basketball, Concordia Women's basketball, American Gold Gymnastics 

Contact information: I will answer phone calls and emails during regular business hours. If you have a concern and would like your child to see me, please call the high school office to leave a message and to get your child's name on my appointment list.  701-898-0668 / [email protected]

Location: I am at the school starting the  last hour of each school day until the last practice or event is finished. I keep an updated schedule dispersed to coaches and posted on my door incase of any schedule changes. My office is High School Room # 304. 

Related Documents and Information:

Concussion Protocol: Located below is the Minnesota High School League Concussion protocol. If your child sustains a concussion, they will sit for a minimum of one week and will do a graduated return to play protocol under my supervision. The steps that they will have to pass to move on to the next day are all listed. There is also some general concussion info linked below as well. I also utilize the software ImPACT for my concussion diagnostics. A new baseline test is taken every 2 years for contact sport athletes. If a concussion is sustained, another test will be administered and compared to their baseline results. ImPACT is a tool used to gage cognitive function. If you would like to read more about the ImPACT software, a link is included below. Each parent needs to sign a consent form for the ImPACT testing. That form is handed out with pre season paperwork. 

Sports Physicals: Your child needs a sports physical every 3 years, typically entering 7th and 10th grade. A physical must be on file at the school prior to the first practice. Located below is a link to the MSHSL sports physical form. 

Wrestling Skin Conditions: If your child acquires a skin rash of any kind during the wrestling season, a MSHSL wrestling skin form must be taken to a physician for their evaluation and signature. A link for the form is listed below. 

What is a Certified Athletic Trainer? 

What is ImPACT testing? 

MSHSL Concussion Protocol 

Parental Concussion Information Document

Wrestling Skin Condition Report







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