Athletic Training Education Program To achieve a degree in Athletic Training, there are many tasks and skills to be learned. The Education Council under the National Athletic Training Association put together an education program filled with a set of guidelines of what has to be taught to graduate with a degree in Athletic Training. Before you can learn and understand Athletic Training, you must know the Anatomy and Physiology of the human body. This includes bones, muscles, levels of organization, tissue levels, systems of the body, skeletal structure, articulations, integrative functions, sensory function, blood, and embryology (Martini, 2001). Besides Anatomy and Physiology, the methods of taping is also extremely critical to this career.
An Athletic Trainer working at the high school level gets to enjoy a variety of sports and with different sports comes different injuries. With football, the injuries an Athletic Trainer has to tend to are often more on the severe end of the scale. It is not uncommon to see a concussion (see Figure 2) or a torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament in the knee) in a football game compared to a softball game where a concussion or an ACL tear (see Figure 1) is less likely to occur. But in a softball game in comparison to a volleyball game, it is more likely to see a black eye or even just a very painful bruise. The more contact in the sport, the more injuries the Athletic Trainer gets to see and try to
My career is an athletic trainer. I love athletic, sports, and being active. Being a coach has been my dream, but if that doesn’t fall through this is my second choice. While being a trainer I get to help athletes with their health. Sports are my favorite thing to do, my hobby. Being an athletic trainer helps me do everything I want to do. Be with kids, or athletes, and sports. I love having an impact in people’s life being a trainer you would have a big impact in people’s lives you would help them get back on their feet. People would remember you putting time to make them better. I remember out trainer giving me rehab for my knee. Without him I would not be able to do the thing I love, basketball. That’s the way I want people to think of me
Athletes have a different mindset than others when it comes to injuries. The desire to return to activity as soon as possible often interferes with the athlete’s common sense. According to Charles Peebles, if an injury cannot actually be seen by the athlete, such as a stress fracture, the injury does not instill into their minds that they need to stop whatever sport or activity they are part of (Peebles). The physician and the athletic trainer must protect the athlete from injuring himself/herself further and sometimes that involves making the decision that the athlete must stop his/her sport for a given amount of time.
Treatment and reducing risks of injuries and other psychological problems are vital in keeping an athlete healthy and physically and mentally able to continue performing at their best. For the safety of young athletes, it is crucial that the training schedule and workload is managed and monitored by coaching staff and the athletes themselves to reduce incidence of injuries now and in the
Young athletes account for about 4 million injuries a year in the U.S. according to an article published in the Los Angeles Times (2010). US Today reported that approximately 1.35 million student athletes’ injuries were severe enough to send them to the hospital emergency department. Athletic injuries range from the simple ankle strains and sprains to more serious injuries such as: fractures, contusions, abrasions, and even concussions. The unexpected injuries can cause great physical and emotional challenges for these student athletes. Besides having to deal with the physical and emotional stresses they must also have to deal with the financial turmoil the injuries triggered. Recovering from sport injuries require more than undergoing rigorous physical rehabilitation. Physical healing which can take months is quite different from the mental and emotional healing which can take years to recover from.
Sweat. Blood. Tears. Fruit punch Gatorade. Many people all around the world play sports whether it is Football, Baseball, Tennis, Swimming, Wrestling or Track. People have come together and played sports since the begging of time; the Olympics unites people all over the world. However, once in a while shocking and sometimes fatal injuries can occur. Although sports teams prior to sports medicine have employed team physicians for numerous years, the field of sports medicine did not arise until about the 20th century. The first textbook on the subject of sports medicine was published in 1910 to help athletes avoid fatal injuries. Sports medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with physical fitness, treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. There is danger in almost any sport and athlete participated in; sports have caused many life altering injuries and sometimes even death. Due to sports medicine becoming a new and growing health care profession, many injures have went undocumented. The common athletic trainer may deal with minor cuts and bruises, muscle cramps, ACL sprains, ankle sprains, shin splints and maybe even a broken bone; but once in a while they can experience extreme injures. There has been various outrageous and gruesome injuries throughout sports medicine history.
A Career in Sports Medicine As we begin to grow up and come to the end of our high school career we must start to begin to start thinking about what type of career we want to be in. It is very important that a person picks the right type of career for them. Otherwise you will be unhappy with what you are doing and will not enjoy it at all. I am not entirely sure what I want my career to be
Sports play essential roles in the lives of many people. Each year, nearly 36 million kids ages 5-18 play on an organized sports team in the U.S. (Statistic Brain). Those kids are the future of sports in the U.S. and with too many of them injured at a young age, future sports talent will be lost. Overuse injuries are increasing in today’s youth sports as parents and coaches push young athletes to specialize in sports at young ages and play all year round in the hopes of one day making a college or professional team roster. Overuse injuries are mostly preventable with the proper precautions taken by parents, athletes and coaches. With the rise of overuse injuries in the recent past, the need to spread awareness to parents, coaches and young athletes becomes more necessary. If parents are not aware of the
Sports have become a major part of our culture. Sports now serve as entertainment, recreation, and even religion for some die-hard fans. All levels of sport have become relevant and elite leagues, year round competition, and travel associations have become the norm. The importance of winning, getting scholarships, and competing at the highest level has tremendously increased the pressure from parents and coaches for athletes to succeed. The rise in sports participants has seen the significant increase in sports related injuries. In 2006 the CDC reported that high school students accounted for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctors visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations. This number has surely risen from three years ago. Injured athletes not only have to worry about recovery and rehabilitation from their injuries, but the emotional and mental impact injuries can have. I believe that social support from teammates and coaches will eliminate the self-doubt, self-worth, and any other mental concerns athletes may worry about during injury rehabilitation.