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Athletic Trainer
West Central Area High School

Phone: (320) 760-9646
E-Mail: JFlatt@heartlandorthopedics.com

John Flatt graduated from in 2003 from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Athletic Training.  During his time at UMD, John completed a summer athletic training internship with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2002, and was the athletic training student with the 2001-2002 NCAA Division III National Champion University of Wisconsin Superior Men’s Ice hockey Team.  He continued his education at North Dakota State University, completing his Master of Science in Exercise Science  in 2007, while  doing a graduate assistantship at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN from 2003-2005.

Other athletic training experiences include: from 2005-2007 John was employed as an athletic trainer at Concordia College, serving primarily as head football, men’s and women’s ice hockey, and fast-pitch softball athletic trainer.  John spent the 2007-2008 school year as the Head Athletic Trainer at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton, FL.  From 2008-2014, John was employed at the University of North Dakota as a faculty athletic trainer within the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Division of Sports Medicine.  At UND, John served as a clinical preceptor for students enrolled in the UND Athletic Training Education Program, taught undergraduate coursework in prevention and care of athletic injuries, and served as the Assistant Athletic Trainer assigned to the UND women’s soccer (2008), baseball (2009), football (2009-2013) teams.

John joined our staff in 2014 and provides athletic training services to West Central Area High School. He excels in injury prevention, evaluation, and rehabilitation. John enjoys working closely with the athletes providing pre-practice/game preparation, evaluating injuries, referring to area physicians, and communicating with coaches, athletes, parents, and administration.  John has an extensive background in concussion evaluation, recognition and management. The most rewarding thing for John is being able to help athletes return to play following an injury and watching athletes compete to the best of their abilities.

John also serves as an extender within the Heartland Orthopedic Specialists Physical Therapy department, while working closing with our physical therapists, he provides individualized and effective treatments for a variety of orthopedic injuries and post-surgical care.

John’s certifications include: Certified Athletic Trainer, American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers, and ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer.

When not at work, John enjoys spending time with his family and dog, heading to the lakes, travelling, reading, hunting, fishing, and alpine skiing.