Archive | June, 2011

Technology has changed the profession

20 Jun

A feature article on athletic trainers was published yesterday in my local paper, the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot News.  Among the 3 articles about our profession was an article highlighting a local athletic training legend – Dick Burkholder, or Burke (long e) as he is known to his colleagues.

Burke has been at Carlisle High School since 1960 and has obviously not only seen the profession grow and change, he helped shape it.

It has been my pleasure to get to know Burke through the years and he remains passionate about advancing and improving Continue reading

Why do we need to promote the profession?

16 Jun

Why promote the profession?

Is access to an AT a necessity or a luxury?

Are the 42% of American high schools that provide access to an AT providing a luxury for their athletes or are they providing for their basic needs as an athlete?

Lets turn the tables – Is access to a school nurse a necessity or a luxury? Continue reading

Concussion Legislation in Florida *

15 Jun

The trend this year is for politicians to get into the concussion frenzy and do what politicians do – pass laws.  While many feel that this is a good thing, athletic trainers must be aware of passing poorly written legislation. 

In an effort to ensure its member schools treat athletes who have suffered concussions properly, the Florida High School Athletic Association adopted a Concussion Action Plan at Tuesday’s board of directors meeting in Gainesville.

The plan requires that any athlete who exhibits signs of a concussion be immediately removed from a game or practice and not return until cleared by an health care professional. Continue reading

News – A tough call, but the right call

10 Jun

New Jersey – The safety of spectators, athletes, coaches and officials is of major importance when it comes to planning large sporting events.  A state track meet is no exception, even during the final lap of a race.  A potentially dangerous situation was avoided by following written safety rules at the onset of a thunderstorm.

Joe Rosa, one of the top high school distance runners in the country, appeared to be on his way to breaking the New Jersey state record in the 3,200-meter run with a time worthy of being on the all-time national list when he was literally forced off the track by meet officials with one lap to go due to weather concerns. Continue reading

News – Budget cuts effecting health care for athletes!

3 Jun

Pittsburgh, PA – The Armstrong School District, like many other school districts in PA, is facing some hard choices – making budget cuts.  66 employees have been had their jobs eliminated including the 4 athletic trainers at the school district’s 4 high schools.

Four of the district’s athletic trainer positions were eliminated with a 5-4 vote by school board directors May 23. A total of 66 employees were furloughed for a year, although they won’t take effect until July 1. The school district’s budget is set to be finalized the day before.

Since athletic trainers belong to the Armstrong Education Association, they cannot be replaced by paid short-term fill-ins, so their workload likely will fall to coaches. Continue reading

News – Oregon State Hires Female AT for Football

1 Jun

Corvalis, Oregon – Oregon State hired a new head athletic trainer for football, Ariko Iso,whose previous position was assistant athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Iso was previously featured in this blog as the only female AT working in the NFL.  Now she heads to her alma matre.

Before Pittsburgh, Iso spent five years as the associate athletic trainer for Portland State University, where she served as the head football trainer. Her collegiate career includes serving as the assistant athletic trainer at Foothill College in California for nearly three years.

Iso was also the head trainer at the 2006 World 21 and Under Track Championships, the 2001 World Cross Country Championships, the 1998 Yokohama International Ekiden and the 1996 East-West Shrine Football Game. Additionally, she has worked at the Nike World Master Games, U.S. Mobil Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and at the 1994 World Cup Soccer tournament.

“I have been around only a few folks that have the same work ethic as Ariko, but what sets her apart is that her efforts are always made with a positive attitude,” Steelers head athletic trainer John Norwig said in a statement. “Ariko has always been the consummate professional. She loves her job.”

Said former Steelers coach Bill Cowher: “Without a doubt Ariko will be a great asset to Oregon State. She has a great personality, and is very professional and knowledgeable. I have tremendous respect for her.”

Those are some glowing endorsements for a consumate, passionate professional!