Athletic Trainers

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

An athletic trainer is a certified health care professional who practices in the field of sports medicine. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about athletic trainers and what they do in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

An athletic trainer is a uniquely qualified, multi-skilled health care professional who collaborates with physicians to optimize patient and client activity and participation in athletics, work and life.

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities.

Athletic trainers are not the same as personal trainers. Athletic trainers are experts at recognizing, treating and preventing musculoskeletal injuries. ATs must obtain, at minimum, a bachelors degree in athletic training, and pass a comprehensive, national certification exam.

Athletic trainers are typically the first to respond to an injured athlete at a high school, college or professional sporting event, but ATs today can be found working in physician offices, hospital settings, sports medicine clinics and military bases.

For more information on athletic training, visit www.athletictraining.org, or contact NMMCs Sports Medicine Program at (662) 377-5469.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.