Head Athletic Trainer
- MJ Barnes MS, LAT, ATC
Bishop Chatard Athletic Training in partnership with Ahlfeld Sports Medicine strives to provide quality, Christian care in a compassionate manner. Our Athletic Trainer, MJ Barnes, and our Athletic Training Room is available to address the student-athletes’ needs.
The Athletic Training Room (ATR) is open from the final bell until 4:30 p.m. After 4:30, MJ may be floating around campus between practices. The best way to reach MJ is to have your coach text or call her. If you are not in urgent need of seeing MJ, feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to meet.
Break Hours: When school is not in session, MJ is on campus during scheduled BC practice times. These are displayed on the facility schedule. Appointments can also be scheduled by emailing MJ Barnes.
Include the Athletic Trainer into your Care TeamAthletic trainers (ATs) wear multiple hats depending on the need (rehab specialist, first responder, triage, counselor, the “cool aunt”, tough love sibling, coach, etc). Include ATs into your care team because they:
- know your student’s personalities
- are readily available on campus
- provide free health care in the school
- have a wide network of other healthcare providers
- care about your student’s health and wellbeing
MJ joins us in 2020 after working in NCAA institutions. She spent 2018-2020 at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. Before that, she was at Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, PA during the 2017-2018 school year as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer. MJ completed her Masters degree from Lock Haven University in sport science with a focus in sport and exercise psychology in August 2018. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree of science in athletic training in May 2017.
Steven K. Ahlfeld, MD has been in private practice in Indianapolis as an orthopaedic surgeon since 1984. During that time he has become a recognized leader in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. Dr. Ahfleld has been serving the Bishop Chatard community for over 30 years. He is routinely on campus watching practices and games to ensure a wholesome approach to the student-athlete’s injuries. His sideline experience provides Bishop Chatard with the best care for the students.
If a student is injured during athletic practice or competition, please notify MJ about the injury. MJ will evaluate the injury and share her professional opinion. If the injury warrants a physician referral or you desire a physician’s opinion, please contact Ahfleld Sports Medicine at (317) 575 – 6515. Dr. Ahlfeld is the primary provider to Bishop Chatard Athletics and will see your student athlete promptly. More information can be found at www.yoursportsdoc.com.
If you receive a second opinion from another health care professional, documentation outlining a diagnosis and participation levels MUST be shared with MJ before participating in sport. If you are under a physician’s care or saw a physician due to an injury, you MUST have a written release from the doctor in order to return to practice/games/contests. A verbal release from the doctor is NOT acceptable.
Bishop Chatard High School encourages student-athletes and their parents to communicate with our certified and licensed athletic trainer about any questions or issues that may arise during their time at Bishop Chatard. We are all on the same team, working toward a common goal.
Why Athletic Training is Essential to Healthcare
Athletic trainers bridge the gap between the athletic field and the healthcare system. At Bishop Chatard, MJ Barnes is available after school each day as the primary healthcare provider for students following the final bell. A typical day is filled with injury assessments, therapeutic interventions, and participation decisions for the student athletes. When an injury occurs, MJ springs into action to decide the severity of an injury and the next steps for care. These decisions are communicated between the students, parents, coaches, physicians, administrators, and nurses. Follow up is provided on campus daily to students, making the return to the field smoother. This is why athletic trainers are essential to healthcare.
What an Athletic Trainer can do for You
Athletic trainers specialize in caring for active individuals with more than ice and ankle taping. ATs are equipped for injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion, examination and assessment, immediate and emergency care, therapeutic interventions, and healthcare administration. The athletic trainer can help you keep a sound mind knowing your students are safe during sport. At Bishop Chatard, MJ Barnes cares for a wide variety of injuries ranging between musculoskeletal, general medicine, and even psychological concerns. Your students have access to a multidisciplinary health care professional on campus every day. To learn more about the impact of ATs visit atyourownrisk.org
No Longer the “Trainer”
Athletic training was recognized by the American Medical Association as a health care profession in 1990. This step shifted an important title from “trainer” to “athletic trainer”. One simple adjective gives distinction to the years of education, observation, and training necessary to care for active individuals. By adding “athletic” in front of “trainer”, recognition is given to the expert in injury prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation.
Gone are the days of “trainer”-now it’s “ATHLETIC trainer”. If that’s too many syllables, try “AT”.Learn more about the difference between “trainer” and “Athletic Trainer”.