Missoula Bone and Joint and Surgery Center

Athletic Training Outreach Program at Missoula Bone & Joint

Missoula Bone & Joint continues to expand our athletic training outreach program to fulfill a need in our community for trained sports medicine personnel at school sporting events. We now cover 17 high schools, the most of any such program in the state. Our team is made up of Montana-licensed and national board-certified Athletic Trainers.

Athletic Training Outreach Program at Missoula Bone & Joint - Orthopedic Urgent Care - Surgery Center - Western Montana

List of schools we contract with:

  • Alberton High School
  • Arlee High School
  • Charlo High School
  • Drummond High School
  • Florence-Carlton High School
  • Frenchtown High School
  • Hellgate High School
  • Loyola Sacred Heart High School
  • Mission High School
  • Phillipsburg High School
  • Ronan High School
  • Seeley-Swan High School
  • Sentinel High School - Dustin Burton is the MBJ Athletic Trainer at Sentinel
  • Stevensville High School
  • St. Regis High School
  • Superior High School
  • Valley Christian High School

Services we provide to the high schools include:

  • Practice, game, and tournament coverage
  • Initial injury evaluation, prevention, rehabilitation
  • Emergency care
  • Free sports screening at Missoula Bone & Joint Physical Therapy
  • Athletic performance program (SPRINTT)
  • Concussion recognition and referral

Our Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers are licensed healthcare professionals who work under the supervision of a physician. Dr. Rob Amrine, MBJ primary care sports medicine physician, is very involved with our athletes and can often be seen on the sidelines working with our athletic trainers.

When an athlete is injured, the athletic trainer is there to assess the injury and expedite the athlete’s referral to the appropriate healthcare professional.  Our athletic trainers also work as physician extenders in the clinic. They assist the physicians with home exercise program education and instruction, pre- and post-op education, and crutch/gait training.

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Meet our team of athletic trainers:

  • Bob Botkin, Sports Medicine Director, PT, LAT
  • Dustin Burton, Sports Medicine Assistant Manager, LAT
  • Paul Capp, LAT
  • Matea Depoe, LAT
  • Becca Frye, LAT
  • Tasha Kohlwes, LAT
  • Seth Lindauer, LAT
  • Stephanie Richards (Swindell), LAT
  • Scott Richter, LAT
  • Bobby Sager, LAT
  • Jessica Smith (Paske), LAT
  • Erika Stinchcomb, LAT
  • Mitch Willert, LAT

About Athletic Trainers

What is an athletic trainer?

Certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. They must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum and they must be board certified and licensed in the state in which they practice. ATCs may provide services such as injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

What types of patients do athletic trainers see?

  • Recreational, amateur, and professional athletes
  • Individuals who have suffered musculoskeletal injuries
  • Those seeking strength, conditioning, fitness, and performance enhancement
  • Others delegated by the physician

Where do athletic trainers work?

Outside of athletic settings, ATCs provide services to people of all ages. ATCs may work in:

  • Physician offices as a physician extender, similar to nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, and other professional clinical personnel
  • Rural and urban hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers
  • Clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, medical fitness, wellness, and physical therapy
  • Occupational health departments in commercial settings, which include manufacturing, distribution, and offices to assist with ergonomics
  • Police and fire departments and academies, public safety and municipal departments, branches of the military
  • Public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities

What type of education does an athletic trainer have?

An athletic trainer must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as:

  • Risk management and injury prevention
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Pathology of injuries and illnesses
  • Orthopedic clinical examination and diagnosis
  • Assessment of injury/illness
  • Medical conditions and disabilities
  • Acute care of injuries and illnesses
  • Therapeutic modalities
  • Conditioning, rehabilitative exercise, and referral
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychosocial intervention and referral
  • Nutritional aspects of injuries and illnesses
  • First aid and emergency care
  • Health care administration


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