March is Athletic Training Month
National Athletic Training Month is held each March to spread awareness about the positive impact that athletic trainers have in the community. If you participated in any high school sports or have children that do, you have likely come into contact with an athletic trainer. This month is set aside to ensure that their important work is celebrated.
What is an athletic trainer?
An athletic trainer is someone who is highly qualified and has a wide range of skills. They often work in conjunction with schools and professional athletic teams. In many cases, athletic trainers are the first responders to injuries that happen to athletes during competition or practice. Their skills equip them with the knowledge to care for athletes with serious injuries or conditions including head and neck injuries that could be life-threatening.
Athletic trainer qualifications
Athletic trainers have a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from an accredited athletic training education program, and about 70% have also earned PhDs or masters degrees. They must also pass a three-part exam administered by a Board of Certification. Once certified, athletic trainers must also complete ongoing education to maintain their certifications.
What does an athletic trainer do?
Athletic trainers do more than just stand at the sidelines during sports competition and practice. They work closely with physicians and other healthcare professionals to assist with injury and illness prevention, clinical evaluation, immediate emergency care, and the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. They can work in a variety of settings including in hospital emergency departments, physicians’ offices, and with law enforcement. Most notably, they can work with professional sports teams and schools.
We have several athletic trainers on staff, many of which offer their services to high schools in the community. This March, remember to think of athletic trainers and the important work they do to help with injury prevention and treatment to athletes across the nation.
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