by Jennifer Taylor, MS, AT, ATC, athletic trainer,
Detroit Skate Club
March is National Athletic Training month and this year’s theme is, “Every Body Needs an Athletic Trainer.” Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related illnesses.
Here are a few facts about athletic trainers that you may not have known:
Athletic trainers are leaders in concussion recognition and management
Athletic trainers are educated in the recognition, evaluation and management of concussions. A concussion, even in mild forms, is recognized as a type of traumatic brain injury that requires medical attention and monitoring. Concussions can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that can change the way your brain normally works. Symptoms are unique for each individual; with estimates suggesting that 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur in sports and recreation-related activities every year.
Athletic trainers specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury
Recent reports and many other case studies demonstrate how the services of athletic training save money for employers and improve quality of life for patients. For each $1 invested in preventive care, employers gained up to a $7 return on investment according to one NATA survey. The use of athletic trainers supports a quality-driven health care economy that increases competition in order to reduce patient and disease costs. With proper rehabilitation and evaluation, athletic trainers prevent re-injury.