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The Times Union(Albany, NY) published an article today entitled “370 pages of injury prevention” about a new text book designed specifically for help coaches take an active role in injury prevention with their athletes. The book is entitled Applied Sports Medicine for Coaches and was published in October of 2008.question

Here is a description of the book as shown on Amazon.

“The first sports medicine book written specifically for coaches and coaching students, this textbook provides the knowledge necessary to integrate optimal performance training with an injury prevention program. Readers will learn how to recognize the causes and symptoms of overtraining and prevent its occurrence; help athletes deal with the psychological effects of injury; and encourage a healthy lifestyle with nutrition, fluid intake, and weight control guidelines. Moreover, the book helps coaches communicate with health professionals and understand the nature of an injury, its treatment, and the injured athlete’s limits and rehabilitation needs.”

Now, I have not read this book but in reading about it, two thoughts came to my mind:

  1. Obviously, being an athletic trainer myself, I don’t think that their is any substitute for the professional care that an athletic trainer can provide. That being said, we all know that the number of schools without an ATC is large and that does not even include the grade schools and AAU, sports clubs, etc.
  2. So if there is a next best step, what is it? Education. Education for those who are going to be with those kids. As was referenced in an earlier post, Concussion Management: Have you reevaluated your approach lately?, some coaches are allowing athletes to return to sport activity the same day as being unconcious from a concussion. Unfortunately, some coaches still act as though giving medication to a student-athlete is doing them a favor. Whether it is ignorance or whatever, the fact remains that poor decisions are being made on behalf of young athletes.

So if we are not able to have an ATC on site to care for these athletes, isn’t the next step to inform schools and coaches about resources such as this? Obviously, our hope would be that every school would have an athletic trainer but at this point and time, that is simply not going to be a reality any time real soon. So shouldn’t we at least do our best to make sure that athletic directors and coaches are aware of resources that can help prevent injury?

What are your thoughts on this subject? Any other ideas that are in between the two ideas shared? Feel free to share any experiences as well.

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This is supposed to be a joyous time of year and yet every time you turn around, the news just seems dismal. If you aren’t careful, all the doom and gloom just might bring you down. So I thought it was important to highlight some stories directly related to the field of Athletic Training that verify that what we do is important and positively affects the lives of those we serve every day. So take a look at these stories and testimonies and feel better about what you do – you are making a difference. Here’s the proof:

  1. While the story is born out of tragedy, I think that the implications speak to service that Athletic Trainers provide. Board members from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association have proposed that nine recommendations to improve the safety of student athletes be implemented. At the top of the list – every every high school have a Certified Athletic Trainer. Check out the story. While it is sad that it took tragedy to get people to finally act, we can take comfort in knowing that Certified Athletic Trainers are viewed as a huge part of the solution, they are valuable, and they help keep students safe.
  2. There is a four-page article in the December 2008 edition of HR Magazine written by Kathryn Tyler highlighting the benefits of Athletic Trainers in the workplace. Here are some excerpts from that article. ” In a 2003 survey report – the latest available – from the NATA, all 32 respondents, including HR professionals and safety managers, said their athletic trainers provide a positive return on investment of about $3 for each dollar spent, and almost all said the severity of employee injuries had decreased by at least 25 percent since they brought an athletic trainer on-site.” She goes on to highlight several success stories including this one. Gainesville, Fl. hired an ATC for their city employees. Steve Varvel, the city’s risk management director, reported that the return on investment “is a 300 percent direct return – $160,000 to $175,000 per year.” In the year after the full-time athletic trainer was hired, “the city reported a 20 percent reduction in the number of workers’ compensation claims and a $300,000 reduction in claim amounts.”
  3. Suzi Higgins, ATC is the Head Athletic Trainer at Case Western Reserve University. She has initiated an anti-tobacco campaign with any team needing an intervention. The program is three fold and includes 1) education; 2) tobacco alternatives utilizing sponsorship from David’s sunflower seeds and Quench gum; and 3) genuine care and concern. Through this program, Suzi knows of two coaches who were heavy tobacco users that stopped and that helped to lead the way for the kids to follow suit. Suzi says, “Knowing you potentially saved someone’s life, it’s a good thing.”

So when you start asking yourself – do I really make a difference? Is what I do really worth it? Hopefully you’ll catch a glimpse from these three quick examples that the answer is unequivocally – YES. Now go out and make a difference today!!!

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