Reason #2 Your School Needs an Athletic Trainer

August 11, 2011

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.

As the healthcare professional on the sideline at sporting events, an Athletic Trainer must be ready for anything. Athletic Trainers are expected to deal with blood, fractured bones, and potential life-threatening injuries with a calm, collected demeanor. Athletic Trainers practice these skills in school and on a regular basis once they are working. An Athletic Trainer is able to determine when a body part should be splinted to prevent movement that could cause further harm and is trained to apply various splints to immobilize the body part.

With certain sports, Athletic Trainers are sometimes put in a situation where an athlete suffers a head or neck injury. Athletic Trainers are trained in stabilizing the spine and immobilizing a patient on a backboard to hopefully prevent further harm. Athletic Trainers must work as a team with other Athletic Trainers, physicians, and emergency medical personnel to complete this task. In sports such as football, the Athletic Trainer may also have to remove equipment such as the facemask. This must be done quickly, but carefully so that medical personnel have access to the patient’s face.

All Athletic Trainers must be certified at the “professional rescuer” level in CPR and AED use. This training can come from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association or other comparable organization. In the state of Illinois, all fitness facilities are required to have an AED available during physical activity. Many Athletic Trainers carry an AED as a part of their equipment in on the sideline.

Every Athlete Deserves an Athletic Trainer.


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