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Inside the Medical Bag: Ryan Ross

By MiKE ROSS, 04/17/19, 12:15PM EDT


What’s up LHSHL family!


Over the summer we are going to do some different things as far as content and articles go. Tom and I will be away or on the road for pretty much all of April, May, and June with the EDP team(s) and I will bring you as much content as possible so that you can all follow us as we go from city to city all over the mid-west and all the way to Buffalo and finishing up in Boston!


Something we are going to bring to you first is an inside look at the wonderful athletic trainers from John’s Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. First up we have Ryan Ross.


Ryan was born and raised in St. Pete. He is a graduate of North East High School. After high school, he took his talents to Missouri Valley College where he played tight-end for their football team. Believe it or not, as a member of the 2006, MVC football team. Ryan was just selected to be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame for his performance on the team!

After college, Ryan made his way back home to Tampa where he would get his master’s degree in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine. “Growing up as a kid, I wanted to be a physician, radiologist to be specific but after shadowing doctors and realizing the amount of time I would spend in a dark room. That life just wasn’t for me.”


As far as credentials go, Ryan has an MS, maters of science, LAT, Licensed Athletic Trainer, and ATC, Athletic Trainer Certified. He is board certified and licensed in the state of Florida. “It is not required but about 70% of athletic trainers have a masters or will acquire one throughout their career. ”


Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital is a pediatric hospital located in St. Petersburg and is where Ryan and his collogues operate out of. As you can imagine, we are not their only client. They work hands-on with three other high schools, IMG Academy, and also work with a US Soccer affiliate. 


Sports play a major role in Ryan’s life. I can remember one of the first interactions I had with him at one of our Sunday jamborees this past season where between games he and I would check our phones to see how well or how much of an absolute dumpster fire our fantasy football teams were doing that day.

If you didn’t know, during any LHSHL game, Ryan or his colleagues can be found watching the game with myself or any of the LHSHL off-ice officials at the scorer’s table/penalty box. When the game is going on the crew from John’s Hopkins watches it far differently than a fan would watch a game. They look at the contact that is made, plays by the boards, or any types of plays that someone could be injured. Although plays on the ice can result in injury there several factors that play into injury prevention that start off the ice, every morning. “Staying hydrated is imperative. I can’t stress that enough. Stretching is vital. But the number one thing that people don’t take into consideration when it comes to preventing injuries is getting the right amount of sleep. Kids these days don’t realize when they stay up until three or four o’ clock in the morning and sleep until noon, that they are not doing their bodies any good. I’m not saying that on Friday night they need to go to bed at 10 PM but your body runs on schedule and it helps when you maintain that schedule.”


Did you hear that folks? DON’T SLEEP, ON GETTING PROPER SLEEP.


Ryan and his team have been a major part of the LHSHL since the Lightning took the league over. When I asked him about his favorite moment throughout his time with us so far, he had this to say, “I can’t say that I have a favorite moment or favorite game. but I’ll tell you this. Every year, when it comes to playoff time in the league, there is nothing better than that playoff week and the 2-3-day window between the semi-finals and the Lightning Cup that is just so exciting. The players, coaches, and everyone in attendance in those games know what is at stake and it is just as great environment to be a part of!”


When Ryan is a part and working the games, outside of their exclusive LHSHL rink jackets, he and all his colleagues all have one thing on them at all times, their medical bags. “You know what’s funny? When we began the partnership with the LHSHL, none of us had ever worked hockey before. We had no idea what to expect from an injury standpoint. Hockey injuries are nothing like football, basketball, or soccer. The biggest surprise to me was that the puck hitting the exposed areas could cause as many abrasions and lacerations that it does. When the puck is shot or dumped in, the rate at which it spins is intense and cut you easier than the stick can. We had no idea that would be the case.”


Most used item in the bag: Tape

Worst injury witnessed while working: "Soccer game. A kid got elbowed and lost 4 teeth. It was bad.”


I will be bringing you in-depth profiles on our John’s Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Trainers every week!

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