What is an Athletic Trainer

By Gina Hethcock

Athletic trainer rehabs a lacrosse player.

Your daughter suddenly collapses on the soccer field. Your best employee breaks his arm loading boxes. Your campus needs an emergency action plan and fast. These situations happen, causing fear and anxiety in the best of us. But fear not. You're not alone, and we've got the perfect solution for you – an athletic trainer. Befuddled about what an athletic trainer does? We'll explain.

Who Are Athletic Trainers?

Athletic trainers are the unsung heroes of the sports and health care world. They work tirelessly behind the scenes, ensuring athletes stay safe and healthy. They are health care professionals who collaborate with doctors to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. In short, they’re a vital part of any athletic team or work safety program.

Where Do Athletic Trainers Work?

Athletic trainers aren't just confined to the sidelines of a football field or the corners of a basketball court. They work in a variety of settings such as schools, colleges, professional sports teams, clinics, hospitals, corporate settings, and even in the military. Their versatile skills allow them to adapt to different environments, making them indispensable wherever they are.

The Role of Athletic Trainers in Reducing Injury Risk

Now you might be wondering, "How can an athletic trainer reduce my risk of injury?" Great question! Athletic trainers are trained to identify potential hazards and take necessary measures to prevent injuries. They can guide you on work safety improvements, advise on proper nutrition, and even educate on the importance of rest and recovery. They’re like your personal bodyguard, always looking out for your physical well-being.

Employing an Athletic Trainer

Thinking about adding an athletic trainer to your team? It's a decision you won't regret. By employing an athletic trainer, you're not just hiring a professional; you're investing in the health and safety of your team, your employees and school. They'll provide you with invaluable advice and support, helping you to perform at your best while minimizing the risk of injury.

AtYourOwnRisk.org: Your Guide to Athletic Trainers

AtYourOwnRisk.org is the public-facing arm of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. We're here to provide you with all the information you need about athletic trainers, where they work, and how you can employ one. We're not just a website; we're a guide, a resource, and a friend. We're here to answer all your questions and help you make informed decisions about your health and fitness.

Final Thoughts

Whether you're on the field, stage, warehouse floor or battlefield injuries are almost inevitable. But with the right guidance, their likelihood can be significantly reduced. That's where athletic trainers come in. They are the guardians of your teams health, always on the lookout for potential risks, and ready to provide immediate care when required. Don't leave health to chance. Your team deserves an athletic trainer. Let us be your guide. Find out more about athletic trainers and how they can help you at AtYourOwnRisk.org. After all, your health is your wealth. So why not invest in it wisely?

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