Practice Identifying Injuries

As an athletic trainer one of the most important tools we have for ANY injury is our eyes.  In school we take a lot of classes on rehabilitation, taping, evaluation, etc., however the most important classes in my opinion are the ones that help us identify mechanism of injury (MOI).  Those classes would be; anatomy, physics, biomechanics and the variations of kinesiology.

I am not speaking of getting up close to the injured individual to begin an initial evaluation, that is a different part of the job, I am speaking of watching the injury unfold in real-time.  Taking the MOI classes allows us to understand what most bodies can handle and how they should be functioning.  Knowing what each ligament in the body is designed to do (restrict certain movements) or where each tendon/muscle originates and inserts and what type of lever movement it provides can tell a lot when forces are applied.  In the cases of unsuspected or unnatural forces are applied and from where (Physics) in that exact time in body motion (biomechanics) as compared to normal movement (kinesiology) will tell athletic trainers what kind of injury they are going to deal with.  This not only allows for a better “filtering” system for evaluation, but it saves time in making critical decisions.

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