Athletic Trainer Spotlight: Caitlin Truhe 11/21

By Sports Medicine and Performance Center Staff
Posted: November 21, 2017 - 8:50 AM

Caitlin Truhe joined The University of Kansas Health System Sports Medicine and Performance Center in August 2014. She is currently the head athletic trainer at Blue Valley High School.

Truhe is an integral part of the athletic program at the school. She works closely with coaches and parents to ensure student athletes are prepared to perform at their maximum potential, but most of all that they are safe and injury-free.

“I am the front line of helping protect student athletes on and off the field,” said Truhe. “It is my responsibility to the athlete and the team to advocate for what is best for the athlete's health.”

Truhe not only provides assistance for injuries, but also focuses on education. She believes a safe athletic environment is created by the preparation of athletes, coaches and staff for injuries, emergency situations and care of athletes.

“Having an athletic trainer present at the schools allows athletes to receive earlier education in proper care of injuries, injury prevention and how to take care of their bodies to perform at optimal levels,” said Truhe.

Truhe has been around athletics all her life. Her dad worked in athletics and most family time spent together was at sporting events. She participated in a variety of sports and was manager for the boys football team her senior year of high school. She worked closely with a part-time athletic trainer who would conduct injury evaluations and cover home football games, but she was in charge of most of the athletic training duties when he wasn’t around.

“I had so much fun learning how to fill an ice bath, tape ankles and wrists, and basic wound care,” Truhe said. “It was my first exposure to the field, and I loved it! My job now is such a natural fit because I love being around sports and helping people.”

Truhe moved around quite a bit as a child, but settled in Topeka, Kansas. She has a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Washburn University and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Kansas Athletic Trainers Society.

Prior to joining the Sports Medicine and Performance Center team, she worked as an athletic trainer with the Washburn women’s soccer and softball teams for two years. She was also a PRN for OrthoKansas, helping to cover high school sporting events.

Truhe likes spending time with her family and attending her stepson's hockey games. She enjoys good coffee and staying active with yoga, Pilates and jogging. In her spare time, she also loves crafts and DIY projects.

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