Tag Archives: News article

News – Dodgers to announce 1st Female Head AT

31 Oct

Los Angeles, CA 

The Dodgers are set to make Sue Falsone the first female head athletic trainer in baseball history, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because Continue reading

Follow Up – Why ATs are needed

20 Sep

On August 31, 2011, I wrote this blog entry highlighting an unfortunate situation in Nokesville, VA.  In the entry I wrote:

The sad realization is this, that if a experienced athletic trainer was managing this football player’s concussion I firmly believe this young man would be alive today.  If the parents were instructed about cocoon therapy properly, then this young man may be a freshman in college today.  But, only 42% of this countries high schools provide an AT for their athletes!  We need to change this or there will be more sad stories, more grieving parents, more schools who will lose a bright student and a vibrant member of their community.

My blog entry was missing some major information – there was an athletic trainer present at the game.  Several AT who know the inside story not revealed in the original article highlighted in my post, informed me of this important fact. Continue reading

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

News – Head Football AT Fired

27 May

It should come at no surprise that professionals working in athletics (coaches, strength coaches, ADs) are hired and fired on a regular basis.  This is especially true in the professional ranks and at the NCAA Division 1 level in high profile sports.   The pressure to win from pro sports fans and college alumni (i.e. the revenue stream) often hastens the process of firing due to inadequate performance on the job.

It is unusual that an athletic trainer gets fired for performance on the field.

Oregon State has dismissed Barney Graff amid growing questions and complaints about the longtime football head trainer’s work and the sports medicine arm of Beavers athletics in general, coach Mike Riley confirmed to The Oregonian.

The trainer’s tenure at Oregon State dates to 1997, the first year the Beavers football program was led by Riley, a coach whose loyalty to longtime staffers is well known.

“I think I can say we’re just going a different direction with this medical situation,” said Riley, who said he has already interviewed candidates for Graff’s position.

Riley said he met several times with Graff over the years to discuss recurring problems. The decision to let Graff go came shortly after spring football ended on April 30, said Riley.

While the OSU coach was hesitant to go into detail about individual situations, he acknowledged that football players had in some cases lost confidence in the medical care they were receiving.

I have not met Mike Graff, AT nor am I familiar with the Oregon State University.  I will not comment on this particular case since I do not know the whole story.  I will take this opportunity to write about the concerns raised in the article because in the general sense, all ATs can learn from what was written.

Behind the scenes criticism of the football training operation date as far back as 2005, when outside linebacker Andy Darkins of Lake Oswego had to give up football after playing several games with a torn right biceps.

In more recent years, Oregon State has suffered a string of injuries including former quarterback Sean Canfield’s torn labrum, former quarterback Lyle Moevao’s rotator cuff, former running back Jacquizz Rodgers’ shoulder and current wide receiver/kick returner James Rodgers’ shattered knee.

No OSU sources, on or off the record, said Graff is responsible for those or other injuries, but Beavers athletes have openly complained at times about the care they’ve received under Graff’s watch.

The disconnect, sources in the athletic department said, grew so large that the training staff was reluctant to seek outside help and opinions on players’ injuries and treatment.

ATs take great pride in their work.  The foundation of everything we provide is injury evaluation and subsequent rehabilitation.  Often our evaluation reveals that an MD should evaluate the injury, but more often than not the evaluation reveals an injury that we can probably take care of entirely ourselves. 

This pride in our abilities increases with experience and continuing educations.  The more we experience in the field and learn equates to our ability to keep more and more minor injuries in house.  Athletic trainers want to prove we are valuable professionals to have around.  This desire to be valuable may cause us to do too much and not send athletes out to other medical professionals.

What ATs need to prevent the issue raised in the article is a great working relationship with a team physician.  In an idyllic setting, this team physician would come to the training room on a regular basis to provide access for the injured athletes who may not necessarily need to make an office call.  This idyllic relationship between the AT, the team physician and the athletic department would also allow for easy access for injured athletes to the doctor’s office within 24-48 hours of injury.  There should also be an arrangment when an emergency situation arises so that the doctor can meet the injured athlete at a local hospital if at all possible.

The other issue raised with this article is the athlete’s complaint of not listening to or caring for the athletes who bring health issues to the attention of the athletic training staff.  It is important for ATs to know and care for the athletes and learn to listen to their complaints.  This skill is often tough when the hours get long, patience runs thin and staffing is low.  It is tough to listen to athletes complain about their aches and pains for hours on end, but it is what it is.  

 

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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

Athletic Trainers want to get their message out.

19 Apr

This peice does a great job of highlighting 2 high school athletic trainers working in Ohio.

With a combined 31 years of athletic trainer experience at their respective high schools, Fairfield’s Dianna Ivkovich and Fenwick’s Amy Anders love their jobs.

They’re just not overly thrilled with the title.

“You get the catch-all title of trainer because people just don’t understand where we fit,” says Ivkovich, the athletic trainer at Fairfield since 1993.

“We’re athletic trainers, not personal trainers,” adds Anders, who has worked at Fenwick since 1997. “We’re here for the sports injuries and prevention. We’re not just a little trainer to help kids with their workouts.”

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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

News Article – ATC saves Two Lives

17 Jan

One of the ATCs at Central College in Pella, Iowa was instrumental in saving a life:

But when two Pella residents went into cardiac arrest last spring, Viesselman and other Central College athletic trainers played instrumental roles in saving their lives. The two men may not have survived if the trainers weren’t around to perform CPR and employ the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) right away. Their quick response was vital.

Then just 60 days later, the ATCs were called to action once again: Continue reading

News Article – Athletic Trainer, Coach and Nurse save an Athletes Life

9 Jan

This story, from Milford, Connecticut, is another real-life example of why athletic trainers are needed in America’s high schools.  According to the story, a substitute AT, the head coach, the referee and a good-samaritan nurse are all credited with saving the life of an injured ice hockey player.   The defenseman was reportedly hit in the chest by a puck and his heart stopped.  Kudos to the administration of this hockey team for ensuring Continue reading

News Article – Oklahoma Law Aimed At Preventing Tragedy On The Field

6 Jan

I have been searching for internet news that fit this blog’s mission of promoting the profession and I found this article from Oklahoma.   In researching the article, the writer interviews Dan Newman, ATC at Union High School, about the role of the athletic trainer at the high school.  According to Dan, “only 17 percent of participating schools had access to a certified trainer.”  The writer of the article quotes Dan further

“Yeah, it’s pretty disheartening,” Newman said. “I mean if we’re playing athletics there should be a certified trainer on site every day.

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