When you hear someone mention “athletic trainer”, who do you think of? Do you think of
someone who is a personal trainer? Do you imagine the person giving water to athletes? How
about the one running on the field at sporting events when there is an injury? Do you think of
someone who can treat an injury? How about a rehab specialist? A movement specialist? A first
responder? A healthcare provider?
Everyone has their own idea of what an athletic trainer is, but what most people don’t know is how in depth their role can be. By definition athletic trainers are a key component to the heath care team, and work with physicians and other allied health personnel. Certified athletic trainers are first-responder medical personnel who are experts in injury assessment and treatment, particularly in the orthopedic and musculoskeletal disciplines. Certified athletic trainers have a college degree and are certified and licensed (in most states) by the state board as a health care professional.
But what exactly do athletic trainers do? They have a wide range of services that are crucial to athletics and can also benefit the non-athlete. So let’s break it down…
Athletic Trainers can:
• Design and implement specific strength and conditioning exercises to reduce the risk of
injury and illness.
• Design and implement emergency action plans to ensure medical personnel are adequately
prepared in an emergency situation.
• Educate and advise patients of the importance of good nutrition and hydration in sport and
• Screen for muscle imbalances or limitations that could lead to an injury
• Perform an assessment and evaluate an injury.
• Treat and rehabilitate injuries using interventions such as: manual therapy, cupping, IASTM,
joint mobilizations, proprioceptive exercises, modalities, and therapeutic exercises.
• Provide immediate and emergency care.
• Manage head and neck injuries.
• Manage and treat concussions.
Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes participating in
sports, and can work in a wide range of job settings. Athletic trainers improve functional outcomes and specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury. Preventative care provided by an athletic trainer even has a positive return on investment for employers. ATs are able to reduce injury and shorten rehabilitation time for their patients, which translates to lower absenteeism from work or school and reduced health care costs. They can design exercise and nutrition plans to encourage and help maintain a healthy lifestyle. "For each $1 invested in preventive care, employers gain up to a $7 return on investment, according to two independent studies.” Healthy employees lead to less sick days which leads to better work output.
Athletic Trainers are heavily educated and trained in the management of head and neck injuries and heat illnesses. Less than 50% of youth sports and high schools have a certified athletic trainer on site for their events, and these incidents are high at these ages. Every year an average of 12 football players die due to heat-related causes, brain injuries and heart conditions. Athletic operations that are run by certified athletic trainers are able to identify at-risk athletes earlier than schools with no athletic trainers. The conditions present in athletes have become increasingly more complex and are beginning to be understood as having long-term implications if not recognized and treated early. Athletic Trainers are key to making sure athletes are prepared and safe for athletic competition.
Let’s take this back to the top. When you hear someone mention “athletic trainer”, who will you think of now? Hopefully, it has changed a bit in your perspective and even more so how they can help you or someone you know.
Athletic Trainers play a vital role in sporting events and at high schools in the event of injury. To have a trained health care professional on the field and at practices can ensure an injury is handled properly and safely. California is currently the only state in the US that does not regulate the profession of Athletic Trainers. Anyone can call themselves an athletic trainer without the proper education, training and testing. The Athletic Training Privacy Act is underway in an effort to add licensure in California. The California’s Athletic Trainer’s Association is hosting a bill (AB 1665) that would license the athletic training profession. For more information on this bill and how you can support it, you can visit the following link:
March is National Athletic Training Month, so we thank all the certified athletic trainers for their time, dedication and continued effort to provide the best healthcare to athletes and patients.
Brittany Peterson, ATC
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Tis the season for gatherings, parties, celebrations, large meals and drinks!! Everywhere we go there are tempting foods, sweets and alcohol… If you’ve ever suffered from GERD symptoms BEWARE- foods such as chocolate, sugar and other simple carbohydrates, alcohol, and certain spices can increase symptoms.
GERD or “gastroesophageal reflux disease” affects 20-30 percent of Americans (Kresser, 2017). It is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter, which is the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. A person is considered to have GERD if they have symptoms 2 or more times per week. The classic symptom is heartburn, but may include regurgitation (burping up stomach content), chest pain, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and cough. It can interfere with your daily activities, is sometimes embarrassing and can progress to being quite debilitating.
Ask our Registered Nurse, Lauren Jones:
Q: Help! Everyone around me is sick, how can I help myself stay healthy this Holiday Season?
A: Wash your hands and stay F.R.E.S.H.
WASH YOUR HANDS! One of the first lessons learned as an RN was proper hand washing technique. It seems basic, but so many people get it wrong and proper handwashing is one of the best first-line defenses against getting sick and spreading illness. 20 seconds (sing happy birthday to yourself twice) with warm water and soap, being sure to scrub palms, back of hands, in-between fingers, under fingernails, and pay attention to your cuticles and thumbs (some of the most commonly neglected areas).
Getting started on a nutrition plan can be a tough place to start by yourself. There are many diets out there that claim they will be the best to help you meet your goals and fast. Well, we are offering a nutrition email series that can help guide you in the direction of a healthier lifestyle through your food choices. It's simple, and it's a way to help guide you into making consciously better choices in your diet.
For many of us, the holiday season is accompanied by food, family, and oftentimes a headache or two. Headaches are, in fact, one of the most common ailments many patients face during the festive season – albeit literally or figuratively!
When it comes to pain, though, the good news is that headaches don’t have to be a guaranteed side effect of your time off. Luckily, there are ways to relieve your headache and even prevent it happening in the first place. This post offers you some highly effective tips for overcoming your headaches and staving off any future pain. Take a look:
Inflammation is your body's way to protect itself from infection, illness or injury. As part of the inflammatory response, your body increases production of white blood cells, immune cells and substances called cytokines that help fight infection. We mainly associate the term “inflammation” with injury. This is known as acute inflammation. We also have chronic inflammation which leads to common diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune diseases, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease and more. When we are chronically inflamed, our system needs to be given the same care we give it when we injure ourselves. When given treatment for chronic inflammation, a proper diet is, or at least SHOULD be, one of the first recommendations made. The foods we eat can either help decrease the inflammation or promote it and as you may presume, promoting inflammation is indeed counter productive to our health.
Annemarie Alf, PT, DPT, CSCS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Owner/ Founder Olympus Movement Performance
Why you are better off NOT using ICE post- injury….
Because it delays Recovery! (OH, and same for NSAIDS- like Ibuprofen)
Athletes, coaches, trainers, and physical therapists alike have all used my "RICE" (rest, ice, compression, elevation) guideline for decades. Now it appears that both Ice and complete Rest may delay healing, instead of helping. Who wants that?
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