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Who is taking care of YOUR injuries?

Postby SportsMedicineCenter » Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:29 pm

Do you have a Certified Athletic Trainer taking care of you and your injuries?

Certified Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. As part of a complete health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents.

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master's degree.

Athletic training is not the same profession as personal training. And certified athletic trainers work with more than just athletes – they can be found just about anywhere that people are physically active.

To become certified athletic trainers, students must pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification. Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified.

Defining Athletic Training

Look around you - people these days are on the move. We're learning more, trying more, doing more. When the level of physical activity increases, the risk for injury rises as well. That is where the Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) comes in. Whether it is an athlete of any age, a worker performing physical tasks or even an average citizen delving in to recreational activities, the ATC can help.

ATC's are highly qualified healthcare professionals educated in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. ATC's can help you avoid unnecessary medical treatment and disruption of normal daily life. If you're injured, they are trained to work with your healthcare provider to get you on the mend and keep you on the move.

Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as an allied healthcare profession, and the AMA recommends ATC's in every high school to keep America's youth safe and healthy. Specifically, the BOC Certified Athletic Trainer has demonstrated knowledge and skill in six practice areas or domains:

Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
Immediate Care
Treatment, Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
Organization and Administration
Professional Responsibility
As part of a complete healthcare team, the ATC works under the direction of a physician and in cooperation with other healthcare professionals, athletic administrators, coaches and parents. The ATC gets to know each patient individually and can treat injuries more effectively.

Definition of Athletic Training from the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)
Athletic training is practiced by Certified Athletic Trainers, healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities.
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