|Christine Chmielewski, ATC/L|
You have probably witnessed an athletic trainer at work, but did not even realize it. That person who ran out onto the football field when a player was down with an injury was most likely an athletic trainer. Recognized by the American Medical Association as allied healthcare professionals, athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, assessment, immediate care, and rehabilitation of injuries that occur from physical activity. The certified athletic trainer is an integral part of the sports medicine team.
The education of an athletic trainer involves obtaining a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in athletic training. Formal education includes anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, emergency medicine, injury prevention and rehabilitation, taping and bracing, strength and conditioning, nutrition, and psychology. The athletic trainer must pass a national board exam to become certified, and many states require licensure. Athletic trainers must continue to adhere to a code of ethics and complete continuing education to maintain certification
Athletic trainers can be found anywhere people are physically active. This includes high schools, colleges, professional sports, hospitals and clinics, in the military, law enforcement, physician offices, and the performing arts, among others. The athletic trainers in the ACH AllSports Program possess the strong educational background and experience to benefit today’s active adolescent population. Our ATs are competent, confident, and caring. They have strong relationships with the physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons ensuring the best possible care for the athletic population. They also engage in community outreach through educational seminars and workshops.
Our team of ACH Athletic Trainers is available to provide education to athletes, parents, and coaches on:
To learn how your team can benefit from the ACH AllSports Medicine Program, please contact (727)-76SPORT (727)-767-7678