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ATHLETIC TRAINERS

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.

IN THE TRAINING ROOM
ATHLETIC TRAINERS

• 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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DURING THE GAME
ATHLETIC TRAINERS

• 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

This information was written by the Center for Physical Rehabilitation, an outpatient physical therapy group with five locations in Western Michigan. The Center specializes in all inclusive physical therapy services, such as: Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Post-Surgical and McKenzie Therapy. Our state-of-the-art facilities are conveniently located around Grand Rapids with extended hours. Independent and locally owned since 1994, we have the freedom to work with the most qualified healthcare professionals. For more information click here.

Kinesio Taping

Taping: A Pain Reliever When All Others Fail

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“It’s gone” and “I can’t believe a little piece of tape can help that much”. These are typical comments made by patients after they have been shown how to tape their joints. Hand therapists have expanded the tricks in their bag of treatment options for pain reduction methods. Kinesio taping is now used as an effective pain reliever for hands. Patients who have not found traditional splints comfortable or effective now have an alternative. They report significant improvements in hand function with the use of simple taping techniques due to reduced pain.

  • HOW IT WORKS: Traditional splints have a history of mixed results. Hard or soft neoprene devices were used but patients often complained they were bulky, uncomfortable and caused additional pain. Today’s therapists have borrowed taping techniques used by athletic trainers. These methods often decrease pain, provide external support for healing tissues, help reduce edema and are less cumbersome than splints.
  • TAPE TYPES: Various types of tape may be used depending on the type of support needed and the patient’s tolerance of adhesives. Examples include McConnell and kinesio tapes. Proper tape and adhesive, as well as wrapping styles will maximize results.
  • EFFECTIVE TREATMENT AREAS: Typical pain reducing taping areas include many of the typical painful hot spots in the hand such as the CMC joint, thumb, ulnar sided wrist pain as well as joint ligament pain.
  • KINESIO TAPING ADVANTAGES: Taping is a low profile alternative to traditional splinting. It provides custom relief to the area needing support. It is cost effective in that a splint need not be purchased. It is easier for the patient and may result in better treatment compliance.

If you are a patient with hand or wrist pain talk to your physical or occupational therapist about taping as a low cost practical method of pain relief.  Information provided by our friends at Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists

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