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Athletic Trainers

Seattle Prep Athletic Training FAQs

What is an Athletic Trainer?

Certified Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum and then pass the certification exam administered by the Board of Certification (BOC.) Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care (treatment of head and neck injuries including concussions and cervical spine injuries,) assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree. Membership in the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) is optional.

Who is not an Athletic Trainer?

In order to be called an Athletic Trainer in the state of Washington, one must be certified by the Board of Certification (BOC), the certificating body of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) and licensed by the Washington Dept. of Health. Any person claiming to be an “Athletic Trainer” or representing themselves as such are in violation of RCW 18.250.040

This includes any person who unlawfully performs the duties of a Licensed Athletic Trainer and/or refers to themselves as a “Trainer” or is known to have practiced “sports medicine” etc.

The Athletic Trainer’s role at Seattle Prep:

In the high school setting they are responsible for the management of the Sports Medicine program including concussion protocol, communication with school administration, physicians, parents, coaches and student-athletes. The Prep athletic trainer instructs all of the coaches in First Aid, CPR and AED use; Prep is also working towards having all staff members be First Aid, CPR and AED certified. The athletic trainer makes sure that all of Prep’s teams are supplied with the appropriate supplies including a medical kit, ice and water coolers and crutches. S/He evaluates and treats orthopedic issues on a daily basis for any of Prep’s injured student-athletes. When time permits and the injury calls for it, s/he helps rehabilitate the affected body part and gets the student-athlete back to practice and competition as soon as safely possible.

What Sports does Prep’s Athletic Trainer cover?

In short, the Athletic Trainer at Prep is responsible for the management of orthopedic issues for all Prep athletic teams. S/He is available to any student-athlete who wishes to utilize his services and expertise. High school Athletic Trainers utilize the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) injury rates as their guidelines when determining which sports to cover. Many high schools have their athletic facilities on-site and within minimal walking distance; Prep’s sports are spread throughout the Seattle area and as such it is impossible to cover all events. During the Fall Sports season, s/he is primarily at football games and practices as their risk of injury is significantly higher than other sports that season. In the winter, boys’ basketball has the highest risk of injury and boys’ lacrosse has the highest risk in the spring season.

Teach Physician: Dr. Terrence Cronin