News Article – Oklahoma Law Aimed At Preventing Tragedy On The Field

6 Jan

I have been searching for internet news that fit this blog’s mission of promoting the profession and I found this article from Oklahoma.   In researching the article, the writer interviews Dan Newman, ATC at Union High School, about the role of the athletic trainer at the high school.  According to Dan, “only 17 percent of participating schools had access to a certified trainer.”  The writer of the article quotes Dan further

“Yeah, it’s pretty disheartening,” Newman said. “I mean if we’re playing athletics there should be a certified trainer on site every day.

Way to promote the profession Dan!  Anyone who reads this article has a little better understanding of the role of the AT at the high school.

Instead of pushing for more access to ATCs at the high school, the state legislature is asking doctors and nurses to volunteer their services to games because according to “Representative Dorman says it would cost schools millions to make that happen.

Representative Dorman and others who would deny access to athletic trainers because of cost, I would ask you these questions:

  1. What is the value of one prevented death from Secondary Impact Syndrome?
  2. What is the savings the ATs save the taxpayers when they develop and implement policies and procedures to prevent injuries in lightning and heat?
  3. How many ER visits by heat stroke victims are prevented because of the prevent procedures that ATs develop at the high schools?
  4. How many coaches careers are saved because an ATC takes good care of an injured player?
  5. How many more athletes would finally have daily access to health care professional when they have never been able to afford to go to the doctor or physical therapist?
  6. How may more athletes with “minor” injuries would be properly rehabilitated so that nuesance injury doesn’t become a long term health issue?

Yes, athletic trainers get paid for the services we provide, but I submit to you that our pay pales in comparison to the value of services we provide.  It may be a few million dollars to provide athletic trainers to each and every high school in Oklahoma (or any other state), but that few million dollars of investment will reap a tangible benefit of saved lives, improved health care, diminished health care costs and a safer high school sports environment.

Athletic training services aren’t a privilege, they are a right!

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