What is an athletic trainer?
The certified athletic trainer is a qualified health care professional educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with physical activity. Specifically, the Athletic Trainer specializes in six practice areas or performance domains established by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC)
Prevention of Injuries
Recognition, evaluation and assessment of injuries
Immediate care of athletic injuries
Treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries
Health care administration
Professional development and responsibility
Athletic trainers also receive formal instruction in some of the areas such as first aid and emergency care, human anatomy, nutrition, pharmacology etc. No certain areas of specialization except at high levels where trainers specialize by sport.
Trainers help athletes prevent and recover from sports injuries. Trainers work with team coaches to set up injury prevention programs to help athletes avoid injuries that may keep them off the field. They attend at all games and practices to evaluate injuries, perform simple treatments and get medical attention if necessary. Athletic trainers also work with physicians in the rehabilitation of injured players. Tasks include:
Attending games and practice sessions
Taping, wrapping and bracing athlete's ankles and knees etc.
Ordering medical supplies and monitoring the use of these supplies
Establishing training room rules and policies
Maintaining medical files
Coordinating off-season rehabilitation programs for injured players
Using knowledge of nutrition, hygiene, psychology, conditioning, and protective equipment to prevent injury and enhance performance
Treating and rehabilitating athletic injuries as directed by team physicians Athletic trainers need a four-year college degree in athletic training, health, physical education or exercise science and...
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