What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic Trainers hold at least a four year degree from a BOC (Board of Certification) accredited institution. They are licensed, certified healthcare professionals working with athletes on and off the field. Generally they are the first responders when injuries occur at sporting events.
Athletic Trainers work closely with coaches and parents and will refer athletes to other health care professionals such as physicians, physical therapists and surgeons when needed. Your school's sports schedule determines your Athletic Trainer's specific hours; typically they are available right after school and continue until sporting events have concluded for the day.
During the Game
Athletic trainers see athletes for various types of injuries and are trained to be first responders on the field. They commonly manage any type of musculoskeletal issues including:
- Shoulder, hip, knee, elbow, hand and ankle injuries
- Facial injuries
- Neck and back injuries, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries including concussions
- Triage and wound care
- Heat related illnesses
- Fractures and dislocations
- Catastrophic injuries
In The Training Room
When Athletic Trainers are not on the field, they:
- Prepare athletes for competition by taking preventative measures such as equipment fitting, taping and bracing.
- Assess athletes with acute and chronic injuries to determine their participation status and continued care.
- Perform sport-specific rehabilitation on injured athletes.
- Provide opportunities for strength and conditioning.
- Work with sports staff on proper warm up, game day preparation and on/off season conditioning.
Your school's Athletic Trainers are an excellent source for sports-related medical information.
Our Athletic Trainers
The Center for Physical Rehabilitation has partnered with five area high schools and several universities to provide the service of athletic training during the games and for daily sports events. The Center has employed highly skilled Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC). Meet our certified athletic trainers.