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Montana grad is happy to be in Crook County High School Cowboy country as an athletic trainer

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Jon SkauCrook County High School has a new athletic trainer.

Jon Skau, a graduate of the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana, with six years of experience as an athletic trainer, will take over the position, which was vacated by Mike Estes at the end of the last school year.

Skau graduated from the University of Montana in 2016 with a degree in health and human performance, then continued his schooling, earning a masters degree in athletic training at the university. From there, he took a job as an athletic trainer in Bellingham, Washington, where he also worked for Seattle Children's Hospital. At the hospital, he worked two days a week at a wellness clinic working with obese children teaching them how to be more active and eat better.

As with past athletic trainers, Skau works for the Center Foundation, however, his primary duties are to serve the high school's athletic community.

"My primary role is to the be athletic trainer at Crook County High School," he said. "I will be taking care of all the student athletes from evaluating them for acute injuries to taking care of chronic conditions. So, if they sprain an ankle, get a concussion, or get nicks and cuts — things like that."

Skau said that initially he expects that most athletes that he sees will be referred to him by coaches from the various sports, but that he hopes that kids will feel free to come and see him on their own.

"I feel like for a while, until kids get to know me, coaches referring them to me and pushing them to me will probably be a strong role," he said. "Ideally, I would like to see kids have a good relationship with me and want to seek me out on their own. My goal right now is to try to be more than what has been in the community as far as being more present and proactive taking care of the kids and seeking them out and having a strong rapport with the community."

Skau added that it is his job to help athletes at the high school perform at the highest level possible and help them achieve their best.

"I'm really excited to be here and looking forward to plugging into this community and getting to know the kids and helping them achieve their best on and off the field," he said.

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