Athletic Trainers Integral Members of Healthcare Team
March 20, 2007
Immediately following a sports injury, certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are among those who can provide the most thorough injury assessment of what needs to happen next to reduce the long-term effects of an injury. What corrective techniques or exercises are best? What type of medical care is necessary? How soon can play or physical activities be resumed?
ATCs are unique health professionals who are experts in injury prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation, particularly in the orthopedic and musculoskeletal disciplines. They are often the first to respond to an injury.
This month, Franklin Memorial Hospital’s three ATCs are celebrating National Athletic Training Month. They include Jeremy Starbird, ATC;Gina DiCrocco, MEd, ATC; and Tracy Knapp, ATC.
“National Athletic Training Month was established so that we could do a better job of educating the public about our profession and our quality and level of care,” said DiCrocco. “We want people to know that athletic trainers are integral members of the medical or athletic health care team and work hand-in-hand with physicians and other health personnel every step of the way.”
DiCrocco provides her expertise to athletes at Mt. Blue and Livermore Falls high schools, while Starbird works with Mt. Abram and Jay high school athletes. Mrs. Knapp covers events on an as-needed basis. Each provides game and practice coverage, which enables them to provide immediate medical attention when an athlete is injured, as well as a role in the rehabilitation and decision-making associated with the athlete’s care. ATCs also provide guidance and assistance to coaches during preseason conditioning and throughout the season.
During the weekly Sports Medicine Clinic at Franklin Orthopedics with Dr. Nancy Cummings and a physical therapist, the athletic trainers provide essential expertise to round out the healthcare team that evaluates and treats high school, college, and recreational athletes.
“The ATCs are an incredible asset to the team,” said Marie Wade, FMH Director of Physical Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine. “Many times they see the injury occur and identify the mechanism of injury so the diagnosis is easier to determine.”
Athletic training is an allied healthcare profession recognized by the American Medical Association. ATCs hold a Bachelor’s degree and more than 70% hold an advanced degree. Continuing education is required to retain board certification. For more information about athletic trainers visit www.nata.org.
Subscribe to our RSS news feed