As McLeod Health expands health care services to the residents of Cheraw and Bennettsville, McLeod Sports Medicine has hired certified athletic trainers for high schools in those counties.
Eric Schwab is the certified athletic trainer for the Cheraw High School Braves. He is a 2013 graduate of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, with a bachelor of science in athletic training.
Schwab is also a 2015 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he completed a master of arts degree in kinesiology and sport studies. He also has experience working with professional, collegiate and high school athletes.
Carlton Anderson returns to McLeod as the certified athletic trainer for the Marlboro County Bulldogs. Prior to his return, Carlton was head athletic trainer at Mount De Sales High School in Macon, Georgia.
Anderson earned a bachelor of arts degree from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1993 and received a master of education degree in health promotion and kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1996.
He has experience with collegiate athletics, having served as the head athletic trainer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 2000-13. He has also worked with professional teams such as the Chicago Cubs, Washington Redskins and Atlanta Braves.
“In an effort to continue the mission of McLeod Health, we are thrilled to be able to serve these communities through the provision of athletic training services. Our new athletic trainers have excellent credentials and bring a great deal of experience to our team,” certified athletic trainer supervisor Adam Ploeg said in a statement.
The active population requires a specialized sports medicine program of physicians, therapists and certified athletic trainers who are dedicated to helping individuals prevent injury, improve performance and achieve personal physical goals.
McLeod Sports Medicine has 24 certified athletic trainers on staff who provide medical care to athletes of 19 high schools in the counties of Florence, Darlington, Marion, Horry, Dillon, Lee, Marlboro and Chesterfield. They also provide athletic training services to the Florence Red Wolves, Francis Marion University and Florence-Darlington Technical College.
The goal of an athletic trainer is to prevent injuries and provide timely access to care and manage day-to-day sport injuries to help keep athletes participating in their sport. Certified athletic trainers are state-licensed and nationally accredited.
Julia Derrick works in marketing and public relations for McLeod Health.