The Role of Athletic TrainersMar 6, 2018
There's nothing like the excitement of a thrilling sports game. Unfortunately, accidents sometimes happen at these events requiring athletic trainers to attend to injured athletes. These individuals are multi-skilled health care providers who work under the direction of a physician in a host of settings including, but not limited to, athletic fields, clinics and Industrial settings.
Today, athletic trainers must earn a four-year degree. Yet the field is shifting and soon they will be required to earn a master's degree.
There are a few types of athletic trainers:
- Outreach Athletic Trainers - Many hospitals and clinics employ athletic trainers to attend high schools or colleges and assess injured athletes as well as be the main medical coverage for all sports.
- Clinical Athletic Trainers - Many physicians choose to hire athletic trainers to enhance their clinical practice. Athletic trainers can assist by taking vitals and patient histories, scribing or documentation, performing musculoskeletal evaluations, providing instruction on home exercise programs, brace or equipment fitting, and general patient education.
- Industrial Athletic Trainers - More workplaces are hiring athletic trainers to help employees work smarter and safer and avoid musculoskeletal injuries caused by repetitive movements and stress. Education and rehabilitation may be done on site to help employees improve their health and avoid the emergency room.
At Bellin Titletown, you'll find a clinical athletic training room that is staffed by licensed athletic trainers. This facility provides home exercise programs, concussion testing, and brace and equipment fitting. These athletic trainers also see walk-in patients that may have questions related to pain or injuries.
While no two days are ever the same for athletic trainers, you learn something new every single day. Being a part of a patient's visit to Titletown and being involved in their care is always rewarding.