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What is an Athletic Trainer?

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Athletic trainers hold at least a four year degree from a BOC (Board of Certification) accredited institution. They are licensed, certified health professionals working with athletes on and off the field. Generally they are the first responders when injuries occur during sporting events.

Athletic trainers work closely with coaches and parents and will refer athletes to other health care professionals such as physicians, physical therapists and surgeons when needed.

Athletic trainers hours are determined by sports schedules. Typically they are available after school and stay until sporting events have concluded.


• Prepare athletes for competition by taking preventative measures such as equipment fitting, taping and bracing
• Assess athletes with acute and chronic injuries to determine their participation status
• Perform sport-specific rehabilitation on injured athletes
• Provide opportunities for strengthening and conditioning
• Work with sports staff on proper warm up, game day preparation and on/off season conditioning
• Educate athletes, coaches and parents on sports medicine strategies, nutrition and sports psychology

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• Support athletes during sporting events
• Manage any type of musculoskeletal issues including:
• Shoulder, hip, knee, elbow, hand and ankle injuries
• Facial injuries
• Neck and back injuries, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries like concussions
• Triage and wound care
• Heat-related illnesses
• Fractures and dislocations
• Catastrophic injuries

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ACL Injury Prevention and the Female Athlete

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Since the passage of Title IX in 1972, girls’ participation in high school sports has increased more than 900%.1  The speed, power, and intensity displayed by female athletes have dramatically increased over the past decade. The aggressive style of play has led to an increase in musculoskeletal injuries. One of the more common is a sprain or rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).  This knee injury is the most common cause of permanent disability in female high school basketball players, accounting for up to 91% of season-ending injuries and 94% of injuries requiring surgery.2  In the United States, 20,000 to 80,000 high school female athletes experience ACL injuries each year.  There is an incidence rate of 1 out of 100 female high school athletes and 1 in 10 college athletes per season who are injuring their ACLs each year.

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