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    It’s National Athletic Training Month!

    Every year during the month of March, Athletic Trainers are recognized for their commitment to helping people prevent injuries and stay healthy and active.

    Lakota West High is very lucky to have four outstanding athletic trainers who provide quality health care for our student athletes and who are experts in their field. A huge thank you to our amazing athletic trainers:

    Josh True/MA, LAT, ATC, CSCS, FMSC – Head Athletic Trainer
    Sara Reuscher/LAT, ATC – Athletic Trainer
    Carlee Shafer/LAT, ATC  – Athletic Trainer
    Izak Tanner – Head Athletic/Coach Trainer

    As well as being an athletic trainer, Izak Tanner also teaches the foundation of sports medicine that provides students with a general overview of the athletic training profession and how it fits into the overall healthcare community.

    Take time to thank our amazing trainers — Josh, Sarah, Carlie, and Izac for everything they do. They work tirelessly to ensure the safety & best for our student athletes here at Lakota West.

    March is National Athletic Training Month, a time to celebrate the positive actions athletic trainers (ATs) take to impact health care in work, life and sport. The 2020 theme for National Athletic Training Month is “ATs Impact Health Care Through Action.” Athletic trainers are highly-skilled health care professionals who work tirelessly behind the scenes and never stop to provide compassionate health care for athletes, patients, soldiers, workers and performers. National Athletic Training Month is sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the professional members association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. NATA represents more than 45,000 members worldwide. Athletic trainers take action every day to reduce the risk of injury for the patients that they serve. Should an injury occur, athletic trainers act immediately to assess, diagnose, treat and refer injuries for specialized care. After an injury, athletic trainers act to rehabilitate patients and get them back to the sport, work and life that they love. Every step of the way, athletic trainers impact health care through intentional, patient centered, compassionate care. 

    Celebrate Your Athletic Trainer 
    Social media is an easy way to shout out an athletic trainer who has made an impact in your life. Write a post, take a picture, use video and tag the athletic trainer you want to celebrate. Feel free to get creative, have fun or even be sentimental with your post. As long as you are appreciating an athletic trainer, you’re doing it right. Be sure to use the following tags and mentions when posting to social media #NATM2020 #HealthcareThroughAction @LWHS_SportsMed @BeaconOrtho. 

    Fact Check: 20 Facts About Athletic Trainers 
    1. Athletic trainers are health care professionals. 

    2. The appropriate title is athletic trainer or AT, but not trainer. 

    3. There are more than 58,000 certified athletic trainers around the world. 

    4. Athletic training education follows a medical model that includes clinical rotations. Some educational 

    programs may require 100 or more hours of observation for athletic training students. This is on par with what is 

    required of students pursuing other degrees in health care, such as physical therapy or nursing. 

    5. Athletic trainers must receive a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program. Beginning in Fall 2022, a 

    Master’s degree will be the minimum entry point into the profession. 

    6. Upon graduation, athletic trainers must pass the national examination to obtain certification plus acquire 

    necessary state licensure to practice in most states. 

    7. Athletic trainers are educated in five domains including injury and illness prevention & wellness promotion, 

    examination, assessment & diagnosis, immediate & emergency care, therapeutic intervention, and health care 

    administration & professional responsibility. 

    8. Athletic trainers work in a many different settings including youth sports, high school, colleges and 

    universities, physician practice (in a similar capacity to nurses, physician assistants and other professional clinical 

    personnel), rural and urban hospitals, sports medicine clinics, occupational health, public safety, military 

    branches and performing arts. 

    9. Athletic trainers provide emergency care for injury and illnesses such as concussion, cardiac arrest, spine 

    injuries, heat stroke, diabetes, allergic reactions and asthma attacks. 

    10. Athletic trainers are able to reduce absenteeism from work, school and sport through injury prevention 

    measures, onsite health care and robust referral network for specialized care. 

    11. Athletic trainers help reduce costs associated with unnecessary emergency room visits and diagnostic tests 

    as well as rehabilitative costs before and after surgery. 

    12. Employing an athletic trainer has the potential to reduce insurance costs based on the standard prevention 

    protocols that the athletic trainer manages and provides. 

    13. In some states, athletic trainers are able to bill and be reimbursed for their physical medicine and rehabilitation services. 

    14. Athletic trainers use best practices to promote optimal patient care and employee well-being. 

    15. Athletic trainers play an important role in educating coaches and players on sport specific rules and 

    regulations. 

    16. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) encourages schools that provide an interscholastic 

    sports program to create policies that enhance the well-being of their student athletes including the utilization 

    of an athletic trainer as part of their health care team. 

    17. An American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) study found that the presence of athletic trainers can have a 

    significant positive impact on student athlete health, resulting in lower injury rates, improved diagnosis and 

    return-to-play decisions for injuries such as concussion, and fewer recurrent injuries. 

    18. According to the latest research in the Journal of Athletic Training, 34% of secondary schools have no access 

    to an athletic trainer. 

    19. Schools with athletic trainers are better at identifying athletes with concussions. 

    20. Recurrent injury rates were six times higher in girls’ soccer and nearly three times higher in girls’ basketball in 

    schools without athletic trainers. 

    The Domains of Athletic Training: What They Do 
    Athletic trainers impact health care before, during and after an injury occurs. Athletic trainers are experts in injury and illness prevention – in fact, athletic trainers spend nearly 50% of their time providing preventative health care. Perhaps one of the most rewarding parts of being an athletic training is helping an athlete, performer or public servant return to the sport, stage or job they love after sustaining an injury. Athletic trainers work collaboratively with other health care professionals to rehabilitate an active patient to work, life and sport. Areas of athletic training impact include: 

    Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion: Athletic trainers implement injury prevention programs and help mitigate risk by developing venue specific emergency action plans. Athletic trainers promote healthy lifestyle behaviors through education and communication to enhance wellness. 

    Examination and Diagnosis of Injuries: Athletic trainers help ensure that patients receive the necessary health screenings, as well as evaluate injuries using evidence-based examinations and assessments to formulate valid clinical diagnoses and determine patients’ plan of care. 

    Immediate and Emergency Care: Athletic trainers provide emergency care for injury and illnesses such as concussion, cardiac arrest, spine injuries, heat stroke, diabetes, allergic reactions and asthma attacks for optimal outcomes. 

    Therapeutic Intervention: Athletic trainers provide physical medicine and rehabilitation for injuries, illnesses and general medical conditions for optimal performance and function using evidenced based applications of therapeutic exercise, modality devices and manual techniques. 

    Health Care Administration: Athletic trainers integrate best practices in policy construction and 

    implementation, documentation and basic business practices to promote optimal patient care and employee well-being. Through injury data collected by athletic trainers, the athletic training profession is shaping injury prevention and identifying new ways to keep patients healthy while reducing overall health care costs. 

    Professional Responsibility: Athletic trainers are required to keep their knowledge current by participating in continuing education courses. They attend meetings, workshops, or symposiums to refresh or provide information on new concepts in providing high quality health care. 

    Health Care Through Action 
    Athletic trainers are impacting change in health care. Together with doctors, coaches, school administrators, military leaders, government officials, performing arts organizations, and legislators, athletic trainers are reshaping how injuries are treated, and more importantly, prevented. The future of health care requires action before, during, and after an injury, and Athletic Trainers Impact Health Care Through Action. 

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