MARCH IS NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINING MONTH
Certified Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who are experts in the areas of recognition, prevention, and treatment of sport related musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses. During March, Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) across America are being recognized for their commitment to helping people prevent injuries and stay healthy and active.
Certified Athletic Trainers are a highly educated and dedicated professionals, who meets qualifications set by a national Board of Certification (BOC) and adhere to the requirements of a state licensing board.
A Certified Athletic Trainer’s purpose is the health and well-being of the athletes they care for and therefore are educated in both knowledge and skill to provide comprehensive preventative services and care in six areas: prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate care, treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning, organization and administration and professional responsibility. Because of this education, Certified Athletic Trainers work in multiple settings such as secondary school, college, professional sports, clinics, hospitals, corporations, industry, military, and performing arts. Athletic trainers also play key roles in containing costs for corporate America, as businesses look to decrease health care-associated costs, such as insurance and workers compensation.
The Sports Medicine program at HMH was established in 2006 and provides Nationally Certified Athletic Trainers to the area high schools which include: Central Hardin, Elizabethtown, John Hardin, Larue County, Meade County, North Hardin Christian, North Hardin, and Hart County, as well as to the Elizabethtown Sports Park and the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. The programs staff consists of five full time Certified Athletic Trainers with a combined experience of over 75 years. Every day the HMH Sports Medicine staff visits the high schools to evaluate and/or treat any sports related injuries or illnesses. If an athlete needs to see a physician the staff will assist the parents in scheduling an appointment, follow up with physicians, refer concussed athletes to the Concussion Management Clinic at HMH, and relay necessary information to the coach. In addition to these services, the HMH Sports Medicine program also provides Pre Participation Physicals, Fall Sports Injury Clinics, utilization of the ImPACT Concussion Program, and Emergency Action Plans for each High School. Each Certified Athletic Trainer carries with them an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to all practices and games.
The HMH Sports Medicine Program would like to ask you to assist us in recognizing this March as Annual National Athletic Training Month. This year’s theme is “We’ve Got Your Back”. We hope you have found useful the above information as we attempt to better educate the community in what we do as a profession and a program. For more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us @HMHSportsMed. As the sport’s industry continues to grow, so will the HMH Sports Medicine Program to ensure that we truly do have your back!