Jarred Havens // Union County Athletics

Athletic Trainer Jennifer Detweiler examines Jarred for a concussion.

Athletic Trainer Jennifer Detweiler examines Jarred for a concussion.

Jarred Havens was looking forward to his freshman year of football at Union County High School.  He had played every year since first grade, and he was finally in high school.  But this season would come with a new set of challenges.

“We were running a linebacker drill, and I was up against one of the hardest kids,” Jarred said.  He ran and tucked the ball when he was hit in the side of his helmet.  “I was basically up in the air.”

Jarred had an immediate headache, but kept playing.  After the next hit, he knew he needed help.  He was dizzy.  The manager grabbed his helmet – partly to keep him from falling and partly to be sure he would go – and led him to Reid athletic trainer Jennifer Detweiler.

“Right away you could tell he just wasn’t himself,” Jennifer said.  She performed a quick evaluation, asking him questions, checking his vitals and memory.  He failed.  Jennifer found Jarred’s mother, Tracy, and gave her all the information to take with them to Reid’s sports clinic the following day.  “We baseline tested all the athletes before the season began, so the doctor could compare results.”

“It was amazing how much everything went down,” said Tracy.  Physician Assistant David Comer reviewed the results, conducted a more thorough exam and told Jarred he could not play for at least a week.  “The walk-in clinic was very nice, and David was great,” Tracy said.

Union County athletes benefit from the Reid Athletic Training Program.

Union County athletes benefit from the Reid Athletic Training Program.

“It took three days for symptoms to improve,” Tracy said.  The following week, David cleared Jarred for practice, but each day he would visit Jennifer for an evaluation.  If he passed, he could progress to the next step.

“Jen gave me her cell phone number and said if it was 3 a.m. and he had symptoms, call.  It is nice having her here – she takes care of the kids and the coaches respect her.”

Jarred believes the athletic training program protects kids from being seriously hurt.  “Without Jen, I would have stayed in practice and gotten worse,” Jarred said.

“It’s fantastic!” Tracy added.  “I trust Jen 100 percent with my son!”