What is Athletic Training? Athletic training is an allied health care profession recognized by the American Medical Association for the prevention, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries under the direction of a physician. The program is directed by an athletic trainer certified by National Athletic Trainers Association. In Virginia, an individual must also be licensed by the Board of Medicine to practice as an athletic trainer. The NATA defines the role of the certified athletic trainer in five areas.
1. Prevention of athletic injuries.
2. Recognition, evaluation and immediate care of athletic injuries.
3. Rehabilitation of athletic injuries.
4. Health care administration.
5. Professional development.
Game Coverage An athletic trainer will be at or on call for almost all home games played at O’Connell or Tuckahoe. They will also be at some away games such as varsity football and hockey. Student aides will also be at many games. Most away games are covered by the host school’s athletic trainer.
First Aid The training room is equipped to provide immediate care for many emergencies as well as minor injuries. Equipment includes an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) for sudden cardiac arrest.
Injury Evaluation/Referral After evaluating an injury, the athletic trainers will determine the need for referral to a physician.
Follow Up Care The athletic trainers see that the physician’s treatment instructions are followed. Most injuries can be treated in the training room.
Protection The athletic trainers apply protective and injury preventive taping, padding, bandaging,etc. for safe athletic participation.
Education The athletic trainers are a resource for coaches, teams, and individual athletes. An elective course in sports medicine is offered at O’Connell.
Training Room Hours
7th period for teams leaving early Every day after school Fall - until football practice ends Winter/Spring - until about p.m. on non-game days