Injuries are an inherent part of any athletic activity, whether it is conditioning, weight lifting, practicing, or competing in games. Bexley Athletic Trainers Gail Swisher, Kayleigh Lowery, and Kyle Thompson from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, work to prevent injuries, evaluate them when they do occur, oversee rehabilitation when it is needed, and ensure safe return to participation for our injured student-athletes. Athletes may stop by the Athletic Training Room to get their expertise when injury needs arise.
Bexley Athletic Training Staff
Gail Swisher, AT, ATC is a certified and licensed Athletic Trainer with Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from West Chester University in 2001 and subsequently worked as an AT in both the college and high school settings prior to joining NCH. In addition to her duties at Bexley, Gail teaches pediatric resident physicians during their rotations in the NCH Sports Medicine department and also serves as Co-Chair of NCH Sports Med’s Community Outreach Committee. In this role she helps oversee partnerships with several area youth sports organizations. Gail is an American Heart Association BLS Instructor and also serves on the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. Gail.Swisher@BexleySchools.org.
Kayleigh Lowery, MAT, AT, ATC is a certified and licensed Athletic Trainer with Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine Department. In addition to her duties at Bexley, Kayleigh works alongside physicians in the NCH Sports Medicine Clinics. Additionally, Kayleigh serves on the Education, Nutrition, and High School Outreach committees at Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine. She is an American Heart Association BLS Instructor, teaching CPR/AED classes to coaches and other community members. Kayleigh received her Bachelor of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Science with a certificate in Pathokinesiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, and her Masters of Athletic Training from The University of Findlay in 2013. She then served as a High School Outreach Athletic Trainer from 2013-2016 with Premier Health Sports Medicine. Kayleigh.Lowery@BexleySchools.org
Kyle Thompson, MS, AT, ATC is an Athletic Trainer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Marshall University in 2015 and his Master of Science in Athletic Training from Ohio University in 2018. As a graduate student at Ohio University, Kyle worked at Lancaster High School as a licensed athletic trainer and was a preceptor for undergraduate athletic training students from Ohio University. Prior to attending Ohio University, Kyle worked as an athletic trainer for Teays Physical Therapy Center in Hurricane, West Virginia. While at Teays Physical Therapy, Kyle worked closely with the Potential Plus Performance Enhancement and Revved Up Crossfit programs. Kyle is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and also an Eagle Scout. Kyle.Thompson@BexleySchools.org
Bexley Team Physician
Dr. James MacDonald, MD, MPH, team physician and physician for Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Family Medicine at Ohio State University’s College of Medicine. Fellowship trained and board certified in sports medicine, Dr.MacDonald is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He attended Harvard Medical School and completed a Family Practice Residency at Maine-Dartmouth in Augusta, Maine, and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts. A member of the USA Swimming Medical Task Force, he is the Deputy Editor of the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.