Sports Medicine Shadow Program Kicks Off First Year

Athletic training students Top (R to L): Drew Hardin ('17) and Sidney Bruner ('18) Bottom (R to L): Kandice Williams ('16), Ali Maddox ('15), Michaela Smith (NKU '17), and Cami Hemmelgarn ('19)

Mercy Health and Wellington Orthopedics & Sports Medicine are proud to provide a shadow program for Turpin High School students to learn about sports medicine and athletic training. This year, four students were accepted to the program to learn about and assist in the everyday operations of the athletic training room, under the direction of Barbara Battaglia and Kyle Hickey.

What is an athletic trainer? According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who specialize in the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. They are often present behind the scenes, taking care of athletes and preparing them for competition. Meet the sports medicine team: Kyle Hickey, Head Athletic Trainer, is starting his first year at Turpin. Barbara Battaglia, Assistant Athletic Trainer/DME Coordinator at Wellington Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, is entering her third year at Turpin. They are excited to work as a team to provide a great service to the Turpin family and as mentors to student athletic trainers. Student athletic trainers: The three Turpin students joining the sports medicine shadow program for the fall season are Drew Hardin (class of 2017), Sidney Bruner (class of 2018), and Cami Hemmelgarn (class of 2019). All students were required to apply to the program by filling out an application consisting of a personal statement and hour commitment schedule. Students are trained in and expected to assist in hydrating student athletes, preventive treatments including stretching and taping, providing basic first aid, and contribute ideas to rehabilitation programs. The program is designed to be hands on and give real-life experience to students who are interested in pursuing an athletic training degree. Two recent graduates, Ali Maddox (class of 2015) and Kandice Williams (class of 2016) also joined us for football preseason. Ali is entering her second year at Denison University and majoring in athletic training. As a Turpin student she helped out on the sidelines during football games and assisted in the training room as well. Kandice will be attending Bowling Green State University this fall, majoring in athletic training as well. She is excited to learn more about athletic training and got some first-hand experience this summer working Turpin Football camp and two-a-days. Turpin is also fortunate to be a host site for college athletic training students. Barbara and Kyle are preceptors for Northern Kentucky University and are certified to teach NKU athletic training students. Throughout the year there will be multiple NKU students rotating through Turpin, assisting in the care and preventive treatment of our student athletes.

Sports Medicine Staff


battagliaAthletic Trainer Barbara Battaglia is a native of Chicago, and has a master’s degree in Developmental Kinesiology from Bowling Green University, and received her degree in Athletic Training in 2012 from Xavier University. While at BGSU, she worked primarily with the women’s basketball team and men’s and women’s golf teams. She also had responsibilities surrounding Falcon football. As an undergraduate at Xavier University, she worked with the Musketeers’ men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, tennis, track and cross country programs, and also gained experience working with the St. Xavier High School football team.


kyle hickeyAthletic Trainer Kyle Hickey is a 2013 graduate of the Xavier athletic training program, where he served as the primary athletic trainer for the women's soccer team. He also joined the sports medicine team as an intern athletic trainer in 2015. Prior to his return to Xavier, Hickey received his master's degree in sports administration from the University of New Mexico, where he served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with primary team responsibility  with the women's soccer team, while assisting with sports medicine coverage for Lobo track and field, swimming and football. He also served as a preceptor for students in the athletic training program. Hickey is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Board and is a licensed athletic trainer in the state of Ohio. He is also a certified kinesiotape practitioner. Kyle currently resides in Cincinnati.


nayakDr. Suresh Nayak is the Turpin Athletics Team Physician from Wellington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Mercy Health. He has been striving for excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery since 1995. His practice involves Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement surgery. This includes arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder. Surgeries include, for the hip: labral repair, FAI surgery. Shoulder: rotator cuff repair; instability reconstruction, SLAP lesion repair. Knee: meniscal repair, ligament reconstruction. Cartilage preservation procedures are also a keen interest. In joint reconstruction, state of the art procedures such as Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement, Hip Resurfacing and Computer Navigated Total Knee Replacement are routine. Shoulder replacement surgery proceeds from Hemi-cap to Total Shoulder Replacement and includes the Reverse Ball and Socket, Delta prosthesis.These surgeries are married with the latest techniques in post surgery pain management protocols and with Implants that have proven longevity.