Athletic Training

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 the Board of Certification. In Virginia, an individual must also be licensed by the Board of Medicine to practice as an athletic trainer. The National Athletic Training Association 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


  • Coverage 

    • Our certified athletic trainers (ATC) are present at all home games played at DJO, Tuckahoe field, and MedStar Capitals Iceplex. Often if the schedule permits, one ATC will also attend away games with high contact sports such as football and ice hockey. 

    • Most away games are covered by the host school’s athletic trainer.

    • At least one ATC will be present at all on-campus practices until all events are finished.

    • Student athletic training aides may be at many games to observe the ATC’s and practice skills.

  • First Aid

    • The athletic training room is equipped to provide immediate care for many emergencies, as well as minor injuries. An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is equipped in the room and is brought to all home events.

  • Injury Evaluation/Referral

    • Upon injury, the ATC will evaluate and determine the need for a treatment plan or a referral to a physician .

  • Follow Up Care

    • A variety of injuries can be treated in DJO’s athletic training room using the following equipment: Moist Heat, Ultrasound, Electric Stimulation, T.E.N.S., Compression Unit, Whirlpools, Cupping, IASTM, along with rehabilitation exercises.

  • Protection

    • The ATC can apply protective and injury preventative 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 DJO for those students interested.


Training Room Hours

  • Open for teams getting released for away games during 7th period.
  • Treatments and evaluations are available every day after school starting at 2:55 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • After 4:00 p.m., both ATC’s head out to game and practice coverage until all events are finished.
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