Assessment and Evaluation
Recognizing and evaluating athletic injuries is one of the primary aspects of athletic training. Specific tests for range of motion, joint stability, flexibility and manual muscle testing, as well as a thorough screening of neurological, sensory and motor ability, are used by the ATC to evaluate the severity of an injury.
Acute Care of Injury and Illness
The certified athletic trainer is skilled in administering the proper emergency care and in making prompt, appropriate medical referrals.
Therapeutic Exercise for the Physically Active
During the recovery of an injured athlete, the certified athletic trainer initiates a treatment regimen under the direction of the team physician or the athlete's personal physician. these treatments may include rehabilitative exercises designed to return the athlete to his/her athletic endeavor in the same, if not better, physical condition than before the injury.
Statement on MRSA
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The following are suggestions to prevent the spread of infectious and communicable diseases:
* Immediately shower after practice or competition.
* Wash all athletic clothing worn during practice or competition daily.
* Clean and disinfect gym bags and/or travel bags if the athlete is carrying dirty workout gear home to be washed, and then bringing clean gear back to school in the same bag. This problem can also be prevented by using disposable bags for practice laundry.
* Wash athletic gear (such as knee or elbow pads) periodically and hang to dry.
* Clean and disinfect protective equipment such as helmets, shoulder pads, catcher's equipment and hockey goalie equipment on a regular basis.
* Do not share towels or personal hygiene products with others.
* All skin lesions should be covered before practice or competition to prevent risk of infection to the would and transmission of illness to other participants. Only skin infections that have been properly diagnosed and treated may be covered to allow participation of any kind.
* All new skin lesions occurring during practice or competition should be properly diagnosed and treated immediately.
* Playing fields should be inspected regularly for animal droppings that could cause bacterial infections or cuts or abrasions.
* Athletic lockers should be sanitized between seasons.
* Rather than carpeting, locker or dressing rooms should have tile floors that may be cleaned and sanitized.
* Weight room equipment, including benches, bars and handles should be cleaned and sanitized daily.
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