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
evaluation and immediate care of athletic injuries.
Rehabilitation of athletic injuries.
4. Health care
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.
8th period for teams leaving
early Every day after school Fall - until
football practice ends Winter/Spring - until about p.m. on non-game days