Athletic Training

What is Athletic Training?

Athletic training is an essential part of sports at any and all levels – from the weekend warrior to the professional athlete. One thing that sets an athletic trainer apart from other people in the medical profession is the varied and ever changing environment that they work in. An athletic trainer must think and act quickly if an emergency situation arises, but must also have the creativity to find the fastest way to get an athlete back in the game.

The Certified Athletic Trainer

The Certified Athletic Trainer is a highly educated and skilled, dedicated professional specializing in athletic health care. They are willing to put in a vast number of hours to provide the best possible medical care. In addition to the daily management of the sports medicine program, the athletic trainer is responsible for teaching and is an educational resource for health, physical education, life management skills and science classes. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs and other athletic health care settings. Often the athletic trainer is monitoring athletic events six out of seven days a week, balancing multiple events and practices.

Certification and Credibility

Established in Kansas City in 1950, The National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) is the professional governing body that represents over 25,000 certified athletic trainers. Following college graduation, the student athletic trainer is required to sit for a comprehensive exam to gain national certification from the NATA. The athletic training profession has been recognized by the American Medical Association as an official allied health profession. To further gain recognition and acceptance by the medical community, more than 30 states require or have pending legislation requiring national certification and state licensure for the practice of athletic training. The state of Pennsylvania has required that all athletic trainers practicing in the state be certified, maintain continuing education requirements, and be registered with the state department Bureau of Professional and Occupation affairs.

Job Description

The Athletic Trainer is responsible for the six domains of athletic training as established by the National Athletic Trainers Association, which include recognition, evaluation, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and daily health care for all of the student-athletes of Brandywine Heights Area School District. Event coverage will primarily be focused on home events. The Athletic Trainer also coordinates services provided by other health-care professionals and directs the daily administrative requirements of the athletic training program. This includes, but is not limited to, budget control, medical record keeping, and supervision of the athletic training facilities. The Certified Athletic Trainer also oversees each student athletic trainer. The Certified Athletic Trainer is supervised on-site by the Athletic Director.

This student athletic training Program is for anyone who is interested in the health care profession, especially athletic training or sports medicine. A certain level of commitment is required for students interested in participating. Students are expected to report to the athletic training room as scheduled and be prepared to learn each day. Students involved in the program will report to the athletic training room after school and work with a certified athletic trainer. Time is spent learning many athletic training related subjects as well as helping with athletic training room operation and sport supervision. Subject areas include the following:

  1. Emergency Procedures
  2. Blood Borne Pathogen Training
  3. Anatomy
  4. Injury Assessment and Evaluation
  5. Bandaging and Taping
  6. Rehabilitation Techniques

As a student progresses through the athletic training program they will be given more responsibility. Anyone interested in being involved with the athletic training program should contact the High School Certified Athletic Trainer.