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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

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 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

Skill Set – Emotional calmness

10 Mar

The following story is from a fellow AT.  I want to keep the specifics generic because I am not dwelling on the specific situation, just the general circumstances of what happened:

I was at the school today to check in with the teams. Hung out in the gym with softball for a bit, then headed out to the track team practice, and then headed to check in on baseball. I’m standing there watching baseball practice when a girl comes running around the corner of the building looking for me. Somebody “pulled a hamstring.” She’s screaming it. Alright, so I head back to where the track team is figuring it was one of them. Continue reading

The Athletic Trainer’s Skill Set – Part 4, Administration

27 Jan

The typical athletic trainer has a diverse skill set that they must constantly develop and hone.  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 resource to the athletes, coaches and administration that they serve.

Part 4 – Administration (Collection of PPEs)

Athletic trainers can be responsible for many aspects of athletic administration.  Among these responsibilities are collection of Pre-Participation Physicals (PPEs), documentation of physicals and development of health and safety policies.  If these duties are not performed, the institution can be held legally liable for many situations that could arise.  Continue reading