History of Program
The St. X Sports Medicine Program was founded by Mr. Bob (Doc) Hamilton. He started the program when he was hired in 1987 and remained at St. X until 2000. Countless students have served as Student Athletic Trainers including both Mr. McDonald and Mr. Romero. Many of these Student Athletic Trainers started their own journey into the medical field at St. X. There are currently multiple doctors, nurses, athletic trainers and EMT’s that owe their career path in part to St. X’s Sports Medicine Program.
The program has since grown from one athletic trainer to two full-time athletic trainers and one assistant athletic trainer, and they cover 19 varsity and club sports with more than 1,000 athletes. For the past several years through a partnership with Spalding University, St. X has hosted an internship program for students in the school's master's degree in Athletic Training. First-year students spend 12 hours per week and second-year students work up to 40 hours per week with the athletes and athletic trainers at St. X.
Robert C. “Doc” Hamilton Sports Medicine Center
On October 22, 1999 the Robert C. “Doc” Hamilton Sport Medicine Center was dedicated. It includes three treatment tables, three taping tables, two whirlpools, two hydrocollators for moist heat, three bikes for warm up and conditioning, and two electric stimulators with ultrasound that can accommodate combination treatments, as well as light therapy. The Sports Medicine Center also has an area for various rehabilitation for injuries ranging from ankle sprains to ACL reconstruction, and it features a game-ready unit that can provide cold therapy and compression for acute injuries. All of these options for treatment are implemented by the three Certified Athletic Trainers in conjunction with our team physicians.
Meet Our Staff
Danny McDonald ATC Athletic Trainer - Mr. McDonald was a Student Athletic Trainer at St. X from 1990-1993 and at University of Kentucky from 1993-1997. After obtaining his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, he became a state-certified Athletic Trainer and began working as Assistant Athletic Trainer at St. X under Mr. Bob Hamilton. In 2000, he was named the school's Head Athletic Trainer. He represented Region 2 in the Kentucky Athletic Trainers Society (KATS) from 2005-2016. Mr. McDonald can be reached at 502.548.1517 or by email.
R.J. Romero ATC Athletic Trainer - Mr. Romero is a 1989 St. X alumnus and a 1994 graduate of Bellarmine University, holding a bachelor's degree in Psychology. He has been an Athletic Trainer for 21 years and is certified by National Athletic Trainers Association. Prior to his 12 years on staff at St. X, he worked for the Louisville Riverfrogs hockey team, was a Minor League Athletic Trainer for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and was a trainer for various high schools in Louisville. Mr. Romero can be reached at 502.419.7110 or by email.
Student Athletic Trainers
The main objective for Student Athletic Trainers is to learn management and care of injured athletes, while taking a full course load at school. Basic skills learned in this program are CPR, first aid, time management, and rehabilitation of injuries. Responsibilities of the student trainer include covering practices and games with our licensed Athletic Trainers. Providing care for the student athletes is a year-round commitment.
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