Athletic Trainer – The University of Kansas Health System
The University of Kansas Health System is the athletic training provider of Blue Valley North High School. We provide athletic trainers to 27 high schools and middle schools in Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission, De Soto, and Lansing school districts. Learn more about our Sports Medicine and Performance Center at kansashealthsystem.com/sportsmedicine.
Myles Wilcox joined The University of Kansas Health System Sports Medicine and Performance Centerin August 2019. He is currently the head athletic trainer at Blue Valley North High School.
Wilcox is an integral part of the athletic program at the school and said he considers himself part of the Mustangs family. He is at the school every day for practices and on the sidelines during games working directly with student-athletes.
“I enjoy working with a multitude of student-athletes in all sports,” said Wilcox. “What I like best about my job is the relationships I build with the student-athlete and family, as I am intricately involved in their safe return to play.”
Wilcox said the resources he has working for The University of Kansas Health System, and access to top-notch doctors, is unparalleled. “Whether it’s referring a student-athlete to the same provider as the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, or getting them set up with an injury risk reduction program at our Sports Medicine and Performance Center, our resources seem limitless.”
Wilcox grew up in Topeka, and played many sports including soccer, basketball, baseball and track and field, before narrowing his focus to soccer in high school.
“I became an athletic trainer after seeking physical therapy for a quad strain,” he said. “I loved the idea of helping athletes get back on the field and discovered athletic trainers are at every practice, at every game, often travel and are trained and involved in all aspect of providing healthcare.”
Wilcox graduated from the University of Kansas in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in athletic training. He then attended the University of Texas at El Paso, where he earned a master’s degree in leadership and organizational studies with an emphasis in health administration.
While getting his education, Wilcox completed 2 summer training camp internships with the Kansas City Chiefs. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Texas at El Paso with the football and men’s golf programs. Wilcox has also served as a seasonal athletic trainer for the Atlanta Falcons and assistant athletic trainer at Oral Roberts University for the baseball program.
“There’s nothing like seeing a previously injured athlete go out and return to doing what they love to do,” Wilcox said. ”A typical day involves caring for athletes, injury prevention and wellness education, injury assessment, rehabilitation of injuries and more.”
During his time off, Wilcox likes to play with his children and spend time with family. “I like to read, enjoy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, watch the Big Bang Theory and exercise,” he said.