UNION CITY – Chelsey Ostendorf, a Lancaster High School graduate serves as the Mississinawa Valley Athletic Trainer, one of five Darke County school associated with Wayne HealthSports under the direction of James Beyke.
“Chelsey brings a unique skill set to our staff having served as both a high school and collegiate Athletic Trainer in the past,” said Jim Beyke, Director of Wayne HealthSports Rehab Services. “Chelsey also is an EMT and Firefighter with the West Manchester fire department.”
“Mr. Beyke is really nice and cares about our student athletes,” said Ostendorf. “I really enjoy working for him and the staff at Wayne HealthSports.
Prior to coming to Darke County, Ostendorf served with Kettering Health Network.
“Chelsey’s unique skill set has positioned her to approach her job at Mississinawa Valley differently,” Beyke noted. “Chelsey understands how the rescue squads approach their jobs and cover athletic events.”
“She knows how to communicate effectively with the rescue personnel which can be a big advantage in a rural high school setting,” added Beyke. “Our hospital is 11 miles from the school, so having an experienced Athletic Trainer there is a big advantage for the athletes at Mississinawa Valley.”
The 2012 Wright State University graduate is pleased Darke County athletes have an opportunity to remain local when medical attention is needed, reducing travel time and expenses traveling to Dayton for evaluation and treatment.
“I didn’t know any of this was in Darke County until I moved this way,” noted Ostendorf. “The doctors out here that we work with are with Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio, so it’s the same doctors you would see in Dayton and the bigger cities.”
“They have an office here so you are able to get the exact same care that you would get in a big city,” Ostendorf added. “It’s just in your back door.”
Today’s Athletic Trainers play an important role returning injured players back to the court or field in a safe yet timely fashion.
“We do everything from their emergency care to evaluating their injuries, treatments and rehab,” Ostendorf said. “Getting the student athlete from basically the time they have been injured on the floor to when they return to play, getting them to the doctor and helping them through the process of having surgery or just getting them taped up and back on the floor.”
It is obvious Ostendorf enjoys the career path she has chosen and encourages high school students to consider a health care career.
I love my job,” said Ostendorf. “It’s a lot of fun. Everything is different every day and it’s just like going and hanging out. It’s not necessarily like going to work every day.”
“We are glad Chelsey is a part of our team and look forward to watching her grow further in her position,” Beyke concluded.
PHOTO CAPTION: Wayne HealthSports’ Chelse Ostendorf serves Mississinawa Valley student athletes as the school’s Athletic Trainer. (Gaylen Blosser photo)