"Athletic Trainers are experts. Working to prevent and treat musculoskeletal injuries and sports-related illnesses, athletic trainers offer a continuum of care unparalleled in health care. ATs are part of a team of health care professionals- they practice under the direction of and in collaboration with physicians. ATs work with those individuals who are physically active or involved in sports participation through all stages of life to prevent, treat and rehabilitate injuries and medical conditions. Athletic Trainers should not be confused with person trainers or "trainers" who focus solely on fitness and conditioning. Always refer to as an "athletic trainer" or "AT" to ensure clarify of profession and quality of care.
Athletic Trainers save lives. Sports injuries can be serious. Brain and spinal chord injuries and conditions such as heat illness can be life threatening if not recognized and properly handled. ATs are there to treat acute injuries on the spot. Athletes have chronic illnesses, too. People with diabetes and asthma can and do safely work and exercise, and the athletic trainer can help manage these critical health issues as they relate to physical exertion.
The athletic trainer is the health care system for athletes and others. Athletic Trainers are on site. They work with patients to avoid injuries; they're there when injuries happen and they provide immediate care; and they rehabilitate patients after injuries or surgeries. It's a continuum of care. They know their patients as well because they are at the school every day"
- National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)
More information about athletic training can be found at the National Athletic Trainers' Association Website
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