Archive | March, 2011

Boston Red Sox’s Mike Reinhold is leading the fight against team’s injury woes

28 Mar

Boston, MA – Mike Reinhold, PT, ATC is at the forefront in baseball in preventing injury.  Baseball players are tough players to work with because of the idosyncrasy’s, tradition and culture of baseball.  Many baseball players still believe that strength training is harmful for them.  But Mike has been able to work through those barriers and is now embarking on an ambitious program to prevent injuries to the Red Sox.

The Red Sox placed 19 players on the disabled list last season, with multiple stints for Mike Cameron, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Dustin Pedroia. By the time their fractured season was over, the team had lost players for 1,018 games. Continue reading

MLB Athletic Trainers have advanced the profession

28 Mar

Boston, MA – An article from the Boston Globe thoroughly highlights the changes in the profession of athletic training from the 1970’s through today.   Here are some bits and peices of this article:

The athletic trainer in baseball has become more educated, requiring more qualifications and certifications. Training staffs have grown into monstrosities, including physical therapists, masseuses, psychologists, and strength and conditioning coaches. There’s more paperwork to be done, more information available on treatments for what ails you. There’s more direct contact with team physicians and specialists and the trainer often has to carry out the rehab plan for a player returning from injury.

Gone are the days when, as one former player put it Continue reading

Athletic Trainers – a well oiled machine

24 Mar

The NHL Montreal Canadiens’ medical staff was put to the test in early March, 2011.
It was two weeks ago Tuesday night that Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty was laying face down in front of his team’s bench, unconscious.

Unknown at that moment was that the 22-year-old had suffered a non-displaced fracture of his C4 vertebra and a severe concussion, the result of being driven into a thinly padded, glass-supporting stanchion at the end of the visitors’ bench by Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.

The sickening c Continue reading

NHL’s Flyers use Slurpees for Rehydration

23 Mar

Somethings about athletic training are just plain fun.  Being innovative and on the cutting edge is one of them.

The first-place Flyers frequently have a frozen beverage machine in their dressing room, filled with a concoction that “starts as a green-tea extract and comes in different fruit flavors” and that cools the body while replenishing nutrients. Continue reading

Student Newspaper profiles the school’s AT

23 Mar

Valparaiso, IN – This little article from Boone Grove High School does a nice job of profiling Anne Gonzalez, the school’s AT.

Athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of muscle and bone injuries and illnesses. Anne Gonzalez, our athletic trainer decided to be an athletic trainer when she was a kid in high school, and her athletic trainer helped her a lot. Kids in Anne’s class think she is a good teacher. Tom Burton said,”Anne knows what she is doing and how to teach it.” Jason Sawa said,” After Annes class I think that I could be a good athletic trainer.”

The article is short and to the point, but the high school author does a nice job of using the correct terminology and presenting the variety of settings and pay that ATs experience.


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AT Skill Set – Policy/Procedure Development

22 Mar

If you were to research lawsuits and investigations into sports injuries, the programs that have written protocols, policies and procedures fare the best.  Writing and following these plans protect the athletic program and employees.

One of the first things that ATs establish written protocols and policies covering everything from Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) with the school/team physician to communication between the coaches and AT staff.  Continue reading

Celebrating NATM in Collier County Florida

22 Mar

My colleague and friend, Mike Hopper, says “Every athlete deserves an athletic trainer.”  But 58% of this country’s high schools don’t provide the level of care that Mike suggests is deserved.

An article from Naples, FL highlights what Mike advocates – athletic trainer access for all athletes.

We love to celebrate wins, our favorite high school team putting one in the “win” column. And should there be a district, regional or even state title resulting from a win…that would be cause for a big time celebration. Continue reading

Athletic Trainer not allowed to be at practice and death ensues.

19 Mar

Orlando, FL – The death of University of Central Florida football player Ereck Plancher in the off-season of 2008 is still under investigation.  Ereck died from an extremely strenuous obstacle course after a workout.  The strain of the workout and then the obstacle course triggered his blood cells to sickle and the resulting cascade of events eventually causing his death according to the autopsy results.

What is at issue in this case is the reported lack of water and medical help available to the practice. Continue reading

Applying Pressure in CA – Its needed!

17 Mar

As I have blogged about this week, CA is 1 of 3 states that does not have any licensure or certification laws protecting the citizens (i.e. athletes and physically active) from unlicensed and negligent athletic trainers.  Many of the media are helping out by writing articles such as this one in support of athletic trainers and in support of state licensure.

This month is recognized by the National Athletic Training Association as National Athletic Training Month.

“I think it’s great,” said Brittany Bauer, a certified athletic trainer and Cal State Fullerton graduate student. “It’s promoting awareness, especially since the profession is growing.”

Along with NATA, the CSUF Athletic Training Education Program is helping to support the movement to increase both the local and national recognition of the often misunderstood profession of athletic training in hopes of preventing and diagnosing injuries like Mallon’s.

“The more recognition you have for the profession, the more respect, the more people will appreciate the need for athletic trainers,” said Rebeca Ribeiro, a second semster CSUF ATEP student.

Currently California is one of three states that does not have licensure or some form of legal recognition for athletic training, according to CSUF assistant athletics trainer Amanda Rice.

In driving the agenda forward of licensure for athletic trainers in California, Rice along with four CSUF students went to Sacramento at the end of February to meet with Congress. The event called “Hit the Hill,” which brought a combination of 300 students and athletic trainers together, was aimed at calling attention to the recently introduced bill, AB 374, known as the “Athletic Trainers Practice Act.”

“Anybody can call themselves an athletic trainer,” said Rice. “You could call yourself an athletic trainer and there is no recourse saying ‘no, you can’t do what you are doing.’”

The bill would provide licensure for the profession and prevent anyone without licensure from practicing athletic training in the state.

CA has a reputation of being a progressive state and ahead of the times on many issues, but they are anything but that when it comes to the licensure and regulation of athletic training.

Read the entire article.

RI lists ways to improve its tournament

16 Mar

Providence, RI – Mike Szostak pens a review of the RI Credit Union Championship Tournament for boys’ basketball.  He lists several ways to improve the tournament with one suggestion being:

Have an athletic trainer at all tournament games. Continue reading