Tag Archives: athletic trainer

How to Promote the Profession – The Internet

6 May

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.

The Internet

I am old enough to remember life without computers or the internet.  I have witnessed the growth and the changes to media, information exchange, entertainment and social interaction.  The internet is a powerful thing that is constantly advancing and changing.  There has never been a better time to find information, share information or interact with people than today.  That is until tomorrow!  The internet is an incredibly powerful tool to reach and interact with people and promote the profession of athletic training.  Blogs, personal websites, forums, news articles and email are all effective means to market yourself and athletic training. 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

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.

News – ATs are the first line of defense

15 Mar

McHenry County, IL – This article is a great showcase for National Athletic Trainers Month!

[Lisa] Nold and her colleagues at Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers, which provides athletic trainers for local high schools, do more than supply the ice and water necessary for practices and games. Continue reading

Why we must be active to promote the profession!

15 Mar

I recently read this online article from Anderson Valley, California.  The article starts out very strong in support of needed Athletic Training legislation in CA.  In 2010, a very good bill was passed all they way through the law making process only to be vetoed as it sat on Gov. Schwarzenegger’s desk.  Gov. Schwarzenegger didn’t see the need to protect the AT credential in the state.

On Thursday, March 3, Michigan resident Wes Leonard, 16, collapsed after a basketball game and later died. His death is one more in a long string of sports-related injuries nationwide. Continue reading

News – Is your school prepared?

9 Mar

Northwest IN -The tragic death of Fennville HS star Wes Leonard should have ALL athletic departments, coaches and parents throughout the country asking “Is my school prepared to properly handle this type of situation?”

In the multiplicity of stories surrounding the death of Michigan high school basketball star Wes Leonard, one acronym has stood out, CPR.

However, two have been curiously absent, AED and ATC. Continue reading