Melissa Mendini, lead athletic trainer for the Iron County School District who will be based at Cedar High School, says "During the meeting the sports medicine team here in Iron County met with the sports medicine teams involved with high school sports all over southern Utah. There was significant talk about sports medicine protocols including concussion management. The team at Dixie Regional Medical Center consisting of all athletic trainers and team physicians came to the meeting to show the great system we have in place, as well as the vast team that we have access to in providing the best quality care. Protocols were discussed to ensure that everyone was meeting the current national standards of care."
Melissa says, "It is my pleasure to be leading the team of very qualified athletic trainers that have been hired in Iron County. I know their addition will be a benefit to athletes, coaches, administration, parents, fans, and the whole community. I know the addition of these athletic trainers will help in aiding to the success of sports in Iron County as well as protect the student athletes, which is my first and biggest concern. I am very excited to get things up and rolling with this upcoming high school sports season. I feel the individuals who have been hired are extremely qualified and I see the physicians in the community as a very strong aid to assisting in the most quality care for the athletes in Iron County.”
MELISSA MENDINI- Cedar High School (ICSD Lead Athletic Trainer)
Melissa Mendini grew up in Cedar City, Utah and graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in athletic training. Mendini earned her master’s degree from New Mexico State University in Education with an emphasis in educational learning technologies. This past year she held a position as Clinical Coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program at Southern Utah University and acted as Visiting Lecturer of Physical Education & Athletic Training Physical Education & Human Performance. She also assisted in the Southern Utah University Athletic Department’s Sports Medicine Program. Mendini is an avid outdoors enthusiast, enjoying hiking, snowboarding and the recreational opportunities in southern Utah.
RYAN HUBER- Parowan High School
Ryan Huber is an NATA/BOC certified athletic trainer. Ryan has worked as an athletic trainer since 2011 in Northern Alabama. His work experience comes from high schools in the 7A, 5A, and 1A classifications, semi pro football with the Rocket City Titans, assistance with coverage of sports at the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH), and many other youth and adult recreational events. Ryan graduated with an athletic training degree from Weber State University in 2011, and a master’s of science degree in sports performance and conditioning from Southern Utah University in 2013. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys playing golf and basketball, as well as spending time with his wife and four children.
MASON SMITH- Canyon View High School
Mason Smith is excited to be joining the team as an athletic trainer for Canyon View High School. Mason was born and raised in Sandy, Utah, but has lived in Wisconsin for the last several years. Mason completed his bachelor’s degree in athletic training at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as well as a master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While there, he served as the athletic trainer for the men’s and women’s tennis teams. He also worked in the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory on several research projects related to ACL injury prevention and rehabilitation. Mason is passionate about sports and enjoys an active lifestyle. He loves being an athletic trainer because he can share this passion with others and help them enjoy the activities he loves.
The Intermountain Sports Medicine program was unanimously selected by the Iron County School Board in May of 2014, to provide an athletic trainer to each of the three high schools in the district.