The fine people over at InjureFree have a wonderful blog post about the cost for care as it relates to athletic trainers. This is an ABSOLUTE MUST READ for those interested in athletic training at the high school level. Rather than re-post the entire article I will present you with their infographic and give some quick thoughts.
This is for a high school with an athletic trainer, who as the blog post notes, can identify and asses acute injuries as part of their health care provider education. Not only can the ID the injuries but also place the injured athlete in the proper place within the continuum of care depending on the injury itself. Meaning, if the AT feels the injury will warrant possible surgery or is in need of immediate care they will be directed by the AT to “skip” the primary care physician and go directly to a specialist. This not only saves some money for a doctor visit, but it also will save time, which can be of the essence in some cases.
Secondly, if you did not have an AT on staff, and an injury that would have warranted further investigation by a doctor and it went “unchecked” the injury could have morphed into greater damage and further costs.
The athletic trainer is not limited to the above examples, not shown in this infographic is rehabilitation costs. Many times – depending on state regulations – the AT can perform rehabilitation services right at school at no or little cost. Moreover, the very minor injuries that require taping or simple stretching/monitored practice are at no cost to the injured player and their insurance. Again saving money.
Yes, this is a commercial for athletic trainers. We really need people to understand that our profession will not only save time and money when someone is injured, but we also save lives and stress of those dealing with the injuries.