Athletic Trainer Information

Dan Fletcher, ATC, LAT

Athletic Trainer, The University of Kansas Health System

Phone:          913.993.7279

Email:            dfletcher2@kumc.edu

The University of Kansas Health System is the athletic training provider of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.  We provide athletic trainers to 27 high schools and middle schools in the Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley, De Soto, and Lansing school districts.  Learn more about our Sports Medicine and Performance Center at kansashealthsystem.com/sportsmedicine.

Dan Fletcher joined The University of Kansas Health System Sports Medicine and Performance Center in July 2014. He is currently the head athletic trainer at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.

Fletcher is an integral part of the school’s athletic program, working closely with coaches, players and parents to keep the athletes safe and healthy. He’s on site at practices, home contests and road games during the school year, as well as camps during the summer.

“As an athletic trainer, it is important we are there to react to injuries. But it’s even more important that we are proactive in helping to prevent injuries from ever happening,” said Fletcher. “Education is a huge component to not just the athletes, but the coaches and parents as well.”

Fletcher continued, “Parents want what is best for their athlete, but they may not have the time or capability at times to research in-depth for the answers they need. We serve as the middle man to help provide the right resources and specialists for their specific needs.”

Fletcher also takes great pride in building relationships with his athletes. He enjoys being a trusted resource kids can come to for questions about sports or just to talk about school or life.

“I know how important it is for kids to have a resource they can go to in high school,” said Fletcher. “There is nothing better than seeing kids develop over the years, not just as an athlete but as a person.”

Growing up in Topeka, Kansas, Fletcher always had an interest in the human body and knew he wanted to go into the medical field to help people.  He was also an athlete, and, after an injury he sustained while throwing in track and field at Neosho Community College, he worked with an athletic trainer who introduced him to the profession.

Fletcher received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Washburn University in Topeka, and earned his master’s degree in health administration from Capella University. I am presently pursuing my TSAC-F  {Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator] certification,” Fletcher said “and learning to speak Spanish, to both better communicate with my Spanish athletes and for intellectual development.”

Prior to joining the Sports Medicine & Performance Center, he worked as a graduate intern at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, and has volunteered with the Sunflower State Games in Topeka.

Fletcher is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Kansas Athletic Trainers Society, Kansas City Athletic Trainers Society and a certified instructor by the American Heart Association.

He is an outdoor enthusiast, triathlete and rock climber, who also enjoys playing the guitar.