Natasha Anderson joined Desert Mountain in 2011 as the Head Athletic Trainer. Her past athletic training experience includes 6 years in both clinical and high school settings in Springfield, Missouri as well as the West Valley. Natasha attended Missouri State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Medicine her Master of Science Degree in Health Promotion and Wellness Management. Natasha’s clinical specialties include biomechanics of the foot and ankle and the treatment of lower back pain. She also has interest in the recognition and management of concussions, specifically in the high school athletic population. In her spare time, Natasha enjoys spending time with her husband, Barton. She is excited to be back for another season with the Wolves!
I would like to take a moment to give you some information about the most common things I talk to parents about. First, it tis the policy of the school district that any athlete who has been seen by a medical professional other than their school’s athletic trainer, must then have a note from that medical professional clearing them for activity. In other words, if your athlete sees a Doctor, Physician’s Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Chiropractor, etc., they must bring me a note from that health care provider stating what their injury/illness is and whether or not they can practice before they will be allowed to resume any activity with the team. I am including a “Return to Sport” form in your packet tonight that is an easy way to get this information to me. The medical professional can only put it on letterhead, a script pad, etc. I have a fax number that can also be used for communication, the number is listed below. Secondly, there has recently been a lot of press regarding concussions in sport and you may have heard that the State of Arizona has a law regarding concussions and how they are managed. I want you to know that DMHS is directly in compliance with that law; including having all contact-sport athletes take neurocognitive tests in order to determine their own personal baseline data. This information will then be used to determine the extent of injury and safe return-to-play practices following a concussion. If you have any questions regarding our concussion policy or baseline testing, please contact me and I will be happy to discuss it with you.
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Office: (480) 484-7077
Fax: (480) 484-7083