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What is an Athletic Trainer

Certified Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. To become an Athletic Trainer, one must complete an athletic training education curriculum (offered as a Bachelors or Masters). Accreditation programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition.

 

The services provided by athletic trainers comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.  At Terra Linda this includes:

  • On-site recognition, evaluation, and immediate treatment of injuries and illness with appropriate referrals
  • Development of a head injury and concussion protocol including treatment and return to play
  • Determining an individual’s readiness to participate in their sport
  • Promoting safe and appropriate practice, competition, and treatment facilities
  • Developing and implementing an Emergency Action Plan
  • Establishing protocols regarding environmental conditions including safe participation in heat
  • Developing injury and illness prevention strategies with coaches
  • Facilitating rehabilitation and reconditioning of injured athletes
  • Advice on selection and maintenance of equipment
  • Performance counseling including off-season strength and conditioning and nutrition
  • Development and implementation of a comprehensive athletic health care administrative system
  • Education of parents, coaches, athletes, and the community on athlete safety

Terra Linda High School's Athletic Trainer comes from Marin General Hospital's Athletic Training Program. For more information on this program please see the link below:

Marin General Hospital's Athletic Training Program