Franklin Monroe Jets Athletic Trainer, Haley Feitshans of Wayne HealthSports. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

FM’s Haley Feitshans serves Jets athletes

A high school and college athlete, Feitshans brings her passion to Franklin Monroe Athletics

PITSBURG – Wayne HealthSports’ Haley Feitshans has made a positive impact serving as the Franklin Monroe Jets Athletic Trainer.

“Wayne HealthSports has been the sports medicine provider for Franklin Monroe Schools since the fall of 2017,” said Jim Beyke, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Wayne HealthCare. “We had an opening for an Athletic Trainer in the spring of 2021.”

“We were very fortunate to interview a couple of very good candidates for the position,” added Beyke. “We ultimately chose Haley Feitshans for the position.  Haley had three years of experience as an Athletic Trainer and had earned her Master’s degree in the spring of 2020 from Western Michigan University.”

“The main thing Hailey does for us – she keeps our kids healthy, so a lot of preventative maintenance to keep the kids strong,” said FM High School Principal, PJ Burgett. “She works great with our families and has been a great addition to our athletic program.”

“We have six athletic trainers at five schools,” Feitshans said. “It is really nice having that small group because we can all help each other in Darke County. Having the rapport with parents, building that relationship and that trust really helps.”

“They trust us with their kids and we’re there with every step of their care,” added Feitshans. “Getting them back out on the court or field is our biggest goal, and l like that. Our first priority is our school.”

The southern Ohio native is married to Travis Feitshans and is a graduate of South Webster High School located in Wheelersburg, Ohio where she played high school basketball and volleyball for the Lady Jeeps.

Feitshans took her volleyball skills to Ohio Norther University where she played for the Lady Polar Bears volleyball program while continuing her education majoring in Athletic Training.

“I played sports most of my life and I always said if I couldn’t play sports after college I wanted to be around it,” said Feitshans. “In high school I had an injury and I spent a lot of time with my athletic trainer. I asked him a lot of questions so that is what I went for.”

“Haley had experience in Athletic Training at both the high school and collegiate level prior to joining Wayne HealthSports,” Beyke stated. “In addition, Haley was a collegiate athlete at Ohio Northern University. I believe this is a huge advantage when working with middle school and high school athletes.”

“Haley is able to relate her own personal experiences as an athlete when working with her student athletes. She has first-hand knowledge of how college athletes prepare for their sports and the challenge of balancing sports with academic coursework.”

“Being a college athlete is tough at any level,” added Beyke. “Having someone that competed at the collegiate level gives our students a resource to ask questions. It gives the students confidence knowing they can relate to someone who has played sports just like them.”

Feitshans could also be seen at Greenville varsity football games at home and away for the 2021 season giving the Green Wave football program two Athletic Trainers on the game-day field.

“Since FM doesn’t have football, the FM athletic trainer goes to Greenville and helps,” noted Feitshans. “They are really busy there, they are a bigger school and it is really nice. Greenville really welcomed me. The boys on the team really respect me even though I was coming in just on Fridays.”

“I got to know some of those kids and got that trust with those parents as well,” Feitshans added. “That is really nice with us being a small program with the hospital that we can still make a big impact.”

“Haley has also been very flexible in her new role,” said Beyke. “We have asked her to travel to our other contracted schools to help when she is needed. This has been helpful, particularly during football season which is the busiest season of the school year.”

“Our contact sports generally see the most injuries by the nature of the sports,” Beyke added. “During football and soccer seasons, we typically see more injuries due to the physical nature of those sports. Having a good sports medicine team really helps keep our student athletes healthy and easier to manage the injuries they may have. Haley fit in quickly and was well received by our staff.”

“We have a very supportive Medical Director, Dr. Safet Hatic.  Dr. Hatic is an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedic Associates. They have been great to work with and allow us to contact them 7 days a week when our athletes need evaluated.”

“This takes the stress off of our Athletic Training staff knowing they can pick up the phone and call Dr. Hatic. He is able to provide recommendations and they get the athlete evaluated very timely. This allows the athlete to begin their recovery as soon as possible.”

“In addition, we have a sports medicine manager Lori Oda.  Lori is well known in the Dayton area and assists with management of our Athletic Training staff.  Similar to Haley, Lori was also a collegiate athlete and brings many years of experience to her position.”

Wayne HealthSports really has an advantage because of our relationship with Dr. Hatic and Lori Oda,” Beyke said. “They both have welcomed Haley to her new position and are great resources for her.”

Haley encourages young students to consider a career in athletic training.

“There is going to be a lot of openings coming up in the profession,” said Feitshans. “More high schools are getting athletic trainers.”

“My junior year of high school was the first year we had an athletic trainer and not a lot of schools had them,” Feitshans added. “I just can’t imagine now of when someone gets hurt, who takes care of them and that’s how my athletic career was until my junior year’ Just the things you didn’t know – we needed someone there to help you and that may have made a difference in your performance if we had one sooner.”

FM Athletic Trainer Haley Feitshans caries a large container of Gatorade to team bench at volleyball match with Russia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Wayne HealthSports athletic trainers Alyse Grilliot (L) and Haley Feitshans (R) dress for a cold football game at Greenville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Jets Athletic Trainer, Haley Feitshans sits with varsity boys basketball game with Bradford. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
FM Athletic Trainer Haley Feitshans (Far Right) works a Greenville OHSAA varsity football game at Vandalia-Butler. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Wayne HealthCare Athletic Trainers, Taylor James (L) and Haley Feitshans (R) share duties at Greenville Treaty City Cross Country Invitational. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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