Archive | February, 2011

How to Promote the Profession – Teamwork

23 Feb

Throughout this blog, I have written my opinions on why an AT should be at every high school in the US, but this blog is too small a forum to accomplish that goal.  What it will take to achieve that level of care for all high school athletes is a collective effort by thousands of ATs across the country to promote the profession.  This series of blog entries will seek to give ideas to the AT on real life ways that they can also promote the profession.

Teamwork

Last night, the girls’ basketball team traveled for a first round District playoff basketball game.  We played at the opposing team’s gym as they were the higher seed.  Since nothing else was happening in athletics at home, I traveled with the team to tend to the pre-game taping (1 ankle, 1 finger) and then anything that should arise during the course of play.

Play was a bit physical and the talent level of the players was far superior to the talent level of the officials both ways.  While in possession of the ball, one of my athletes collided with another player and ended up with Continue reading

ATC Skill Set – Critical Thinking

22 Feb

The typical athletic trainer has a diverse skill set that they constantly develop.  This series of blog entries will seek to focus on the skill set that most athletic trainers possess in order to effectively do their job in the traditional setting.  Collectively, this skill set makes the AT a very valuable and unique resource to the athletes, coaches and administration that they serve.

Critical Thinking Skills

What is the most important modality in the athletic training room?

What is the one thing the athletic training room couldn’t function without? Continue reading

Random Thoughts – AT mandate in CT and CA?

22 Feb

The profession of athletic training has received a lot of positive press over the last year and a tiny bit of poorly written negative press (ahem, Paul Carpenter of the Morning Call).  Much of the positive press is directly due to individual AT’s professional actions in the line of duty and from our expertise in concussion management.  Many of the articles written about ATs saving lives of referees, recreational athletes and fans have been mentioned in this blog.

One incident that hasn’t been covered in this blog is an incident in California at Sante Fe Christian High School.  AT Riki Kirchhoff’s on-field assessment quickly recognized that the injury Tommy Mallon suffered was Continue reading

News – ATs instrumental in study of stress fractures

17 Feb

Bloomberg.com – There are around 7,000 ATs working in the high school setting according to the NATA membership stats for Dec., 2010.  Those of us who have worked in the setting for many years can tell you the incidence of overuse injuries is at epidemic proportions.  This is especially true of young female runners.

Since ATs work with athletes on a daily basis and get to see close to 100% of the injuries in the high school level, researches know that these ATs are valuable research tools.  I know Continue reading

News – ATC saves life of a rec. hockey player

17 Feb

Everett, WA – The how-to’s of CPR are clearly explained in the newest AHA Guidelines.  Check for response.  If there is no response assign someone to get an AED, assign someone else to call 911.  Open the airway. Look, listen and feel for breathing.  If there is not breathing, you administer 2 breaths and start compressions.  Every 30 compressions give 2 breaths.  Continue until the AED arrives or the ambulance arrives.  Early access to an AED and advanced life support is the most important step in survival.

Chris Walker did all those steps and saved the life of Continue reading

How to promote the profession – NATM

16 Feb

Throughout this blog, I have written my opinions on why an AT should be at every high school in the US, but this blog is too small a forum to accomplish that goal.  What it will take to achieve that level of care for all high school athletes is a collective effort by thousands of ATs across the country to promote the profession.  This series of blog entries will seek to give ideas to the AT on real life ways that they can also promote the profession.

National Athletic Trainer’s Month (NATM)

March of every year is National Athletic Trainer’s Month and with it comes some focused ways to promote and market athletic training.  What do you have planned?  Where do you even start?  What can you do? Continue reading

News – ATC is the frontline defense against MRSA

15 Feb

Hauppauge, NY -When St. Anthony’s High School on Long Island found out that an opponent was in intensive care for a MRSA infection, the were concerned.  Their concern was for the health of the opponent – no one wants to see a fellow athlete fighting for life – and for the possible spread of the bacteria to their team.

After consulting with Bro. Gary Cregan, the school’s principal, the team trainer and school nurse inspected every wrestler at St. Anthony’s, from the freshman team to the varsity. Continue reading

Why athletes need ATs – Neurocognitive Testing

14 Feb

Why do athletes or athletic departments or teams need the services of an athletic trainer?  This will be a series of articles attempting to examine the unique and important roles that athletic trainers play in the lives of the people that they care for.

Neuro-Cognitive Testing

Public awareness of concussions has risen dramatically in the past few years.  This is largely thanks in part to the athletic training community, neuropsychologists, the NFL and the discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).  NFL has partnered with the NATA in a campaign to raise awareness, educate and prevent mismanagement of concussions.  It is difficult to go a week and not hear a story or report about concussions on ESPN or the major networks.

Public awareness of neurocognitive testing has risen also.  Continue reading

News – NFL Lockout will affect the AT/Athlete relationship

13 Feb

Denver, CO – The relationship between the football players and longtime Denver Broncos ATC, Steve Antonopulos, will be greatly affected if the NFL owners and the NFLPA cannot come to terms in March.

When it comes to helping players recover from injuries and rebound from surgeries, the Broncos have long put those efforts in the hands of head athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos and the team’s medical staff.

But a March 4 lockout by NFL owners would mean hands off all around, and that could leave wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eddie Royal out in the cold. Continue reading

News – ATC applies AED to Ref and saves life!

12 Feb

Exeter, NH – The AT at Raymond HS applied the AED and an off-duty EMT started CPR to begin the Chain of Survival.

Evans, 62, had made a violation call during a junior varsity girls’ basketball game between Raymond and Epping on Jan. 24 in Raymond. After re-starting play and crossing the half court area, his vision suddenly became blurry. The next thing he knew he was Continue reading