ERIC Number: ED352322
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Publication Date: 1992
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The Certified Athletic Trainer: Is Your School System Missing a Key Player?
Campbell, Dan; Winterstein, Andrew P.
An athletic trainer (ATC) who is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) is an allied health professional with specific expertise in prevention, recognition, and care of injuries to athletes. Such individuals are college-degreed specialists in sports medicine who practice under the direction of a physician. ATCs perform six specific tasks: prevention of athletic injuries; recognition and evaluation of athletic injuries; management, disposition, and treatment of athletic injuries; rehabilitation of athletic injuries; organization and administration of athletic training programs; and education and counseling of student-athletes. In secondary schools, athletic trainers not only serve as a link between the coach, physician, parent, and athlete, they also help provide liability protection for the school and school district. Four methods can be used by a school to obtain the services of an ATC, each with its own advantages and disadvantages of service, cost, and protection against liability: employing a full-time ATC, a teacher/ATC, a district ATC, or a contracted ATC from a local sports medicine clinic. NATA recommends that graduates of NATA-approved programs seek teacher certification in areas other than health and physical education to enhance their employment potential. Each year, millions of secondary school students suffer sports-related injuries; ATCs can help provide an appropriate level of prevention and care to provide for these students the safest athletic environment. (IAH)
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