The University of Kansas Health System is the athletic training provider of Lansing High School. We provide athletic trainers to 27 high schools and middle schools in the Lansing, Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission, and De Soto school districts. Learn more about our Sports Medicine and Performance Center at kansashealthsystem.com/sportsmedicine.
Julie Ascher joined The University of Kansas Health System Sports Medicine and Performance Centerin July 2015. She is currently the head athletic trainer for Lansing High School.
Ascher has been an integral part of the athletic program at the school for five years now. She works closely with coaches and parents to ensure student athletes are prepared to perform at their maximum potential, but most of all that they are safe and injury-free.
“I’m at an athlete’s side within seconds of an injury occurring,” said Ascher. “I give parents peace of mind knowing that their son or daughter is taken care of, and I know when and how to progress an athlete so that their return to play is safe and seamless.”
While Ascher is prepared to handle injuries when they happen, injury prevention is a big focus. She stresses the importance of a dynamic warm-up prior to activity and proper mechanics and lifting techniques. She also helps educate the athletes on proper hydration and nutrition to allow for optimal recovery.
Ascher participated in various sports growing up and injured her shoulder while on a club swim team. She had to go to physical therapy, and that’s when she decided she wanted to pursue a career in physical therapy. However, after a few semesters in the exercise science program at Wichita State University, she decided she wanted to work with athletes in an on-the-field type of setting. She applied to the Athletic Training program.
“The best part of my job is building relationships with the student athletes and making a positive impact in their life,” said Ascher. “It also makes my job a lot easier to have such great support from everyone at my school: administrators, teachers, the school nurse, coaches and parents.”
Ascher is originally from Salina, Kansas, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science, Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training and a Master of Education in Exercise Science from Wichita State University. She is also a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association and Kansas Athletic Trainers Society.
In her free time, Ascher enjoys cooking, thrifting and hanging out with her boyfriend, 3 cats and a dog. She plays the piano and clarinet and was a dance instructor for three years in Wichita. She also completed an internship in nuclear cardiology. In addition, she teaches in the Exercise Science department at the University of Saint Mary, and is a preceptor for Saint Mary’s Athletic Training program. “Athletic training students come to Lansing for a semester to be immersed in the career, and I supervise them while they’re able to learn and gain experience.”