Ten Reasons Your School Needs an Athletic Trainer

August 8, 2011

  1. A certified athletic trainer is the #1 healthcare provider trained and educated to work with athletes.
  2. A certified athletic trainer is trained to handle emergencies whether it’s a broken arm, a neck injury, or cardiopulmonary. All athletic trainers are trained in life-saving skills such as CPR and AED use.
  3. Athletic trainers are one of the best-educated professionals to recognize and manage concussions.
  4. Athletic trainers are proactive and spend a lot of time trying to prevent injury.
  5. Athletic trainers have hundreds of hours of related experience before they ever step foot into a full-time job.
  6. Athletic trainers set aside the score and make decisions based on what is best for that student-athlete.
  7. Athletic trainers are nationally certified and regulated by most states.
  8. Athletic trainers are a team player; working in conjunction with other medical professionals and athletic personnel.
  9. Athletic trainers understand the drive for an athlete to compete and want to work to help that student-athlete to succeed!
  10. Other schools have one; your school is creating a liability without one!

Every Athlete Deserves an Athletic Trainer.

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16 Responses to “Ten Reasons Your School Needs an Athletic Trainer”

  1. TNT Man Says:

    and a high school gym teacher is what?

    • Miss ATC Says:

      A high school gym teach teaches physical education; an ATC (certified athletic trainer) has a four year degree in said field with training in emergency medicine, injury prevention, rehabilitation and much more! They are the first line of defense in the health & injury prevention of a student athlete. We are the people who run on the sports field when an injury occurs ~ like when Juan Nicasio was struck with the ball in the head the other day; yes, that was the Certified Athletic Trainer who was on the field, stabilizing his neck and continuing medical care in the best interest of the athlete.

    • A Says:

      High school gym teachers are not certified in anything medical except possibly first aid


  2. A jock who didn’t want to grow up 😉 LOL

  3. Lara Says:

    Looking for feedback from ATs, Coach’s, Athletic Directors or School Administrators on an idea to help Athletic Trainers raise money for their AT budgets! Email connect@medi-dyne.com

    • Cameron Says:

      It shouldn’t be an ATC’s job to raise money for their salary. That should be a budget line item right after the head coach and before equipment. No school should have an athletic team or program without one – period! You wouldn’t have a teacher out fundraising for their salary so they could teach students would you? It should be a pre-requisite for having any sports team formed.
      That being said, it took a child almost dying of a sub-dermal hematoma before the parents in my school district DEMANDED that the district hire full time ATC’s for each high school.

      • Gretchen Says:

        They aren’t raising money for their salaries. They’re raising money to increase their budget for supplies. Tape, icepacks, bandages and wraps don’t grow on trees.

      • A Says:

        Exactly. And then there are other things like treatment tables, rehab equipment, treatment equipment, etc. All of which is necessary and expensive, but should be affordable in a proper budget.

    • Jose Says:

      Ask your administrator to let you sell Gatorade. All the kids buy it, it is cheap at Sam’s and it yields a good profit.

      JAR MS, ATC, LAT, NASM-CES

  4. Valerie Says:

    Well said!

  5. imjustsayin Says:

    I think that athletic trainers are important. But if you get someone on the field that the players don’t like and avoid getting taped the approach backfires. Athletic Trainers are VERY important, but not the ones who are rude!

    And trust me, I’ve experienced one. Not fun.


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  8. N Says:

    Athletic Trainers should be in the budget well ahead of coaches. Not after.

  9. A Says:

    Athletic trainers are very important. The county I live in does not have them and there are athletes who are injured every day. Less athletes would be injured if athletic trainers were on the fields at practices and games.
    And as to not liking your athletic trainer: most athletes tend to like them because they try have a great professional relationship with them. One of an athletic trainers most important goals is having their athletes like and trust them so the athlete feels comfortable.


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