Having an athletic trainer at the high school, especially a school that has collision sports, is not only handy it is a down right necessity – for various reasons. The most poignant being emergency care of injured athletes; it goes deeper than that.
Athletic Trainers are not only trained for medical emergencies but we are all trained for the routine and “normal” injuries that occur on the playing field/court. Each day in my training room I see 4-5 new faces with new ailments that need tended to; this would be the coaches problems if I weren’t there. Or, in some cases these “normal/routine” injuries are off to doctors offices – often general practitioners that see more illness than injury – for a time and money cost for the family.
I could write a 4,000 word post on the need for athletic trainers at high schools, but I feel most of you understand, and for the most part the schools understand. I am not talking about the athletic trainer that comes to a school once a week to see injuries (the lowest level of coverage and inadequate in my opinion), I am speaking about the need for the everyday athletic trainer. In the case of “they get it, but don’t get it” I give you the Washoe County school system in Nevada (BTW, they are not the only ones, but a good example); Continue reading