Sports Medicine employs several physical therapists and athletic
trainers serving local high schools. Our athletic trainers provide
on-field coverage for practices and games, consultation to coaches
on sports conditioning and medical needs, and serve as liaisons
between injured athletes, parents, coaches and physicians.
We believe in treating sports injuries quickly and we are always available to see serious injuries the same day. Our
Saturday Morning "Bump and Bruise" Clinic is open during
fall season for school-age athletes of any sport who are injured
in practice or competition.
What is an Athletic Trainer?
According to the National Athletic Trainers Association, "athletic
training is practiced by athletic trainers who are health care 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."
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.
Is Athletic Training and Personal
Training the Same?
Athletic training is not the
same profession as personal training. Certified
athletic trainers also 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:
- Graduate with a bachelors or masters degree
from an accredited professional athletic training education program;
- Pass a comprehensive test administered by
the Board of Certification.
Once certified, athletic trainers must meet
ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified.
Source: National Athletic
Trainers Association. www.nata.org
the nearest outpatient clinic for your athletic training