The first and best way to handle injury is to prevent it. Athletic trainers are knowledgeable in screening and evaluating people for muscle weaknesses and imbalances, flexibility issues, posture and other problems that may predispose a person to injure. It doesn’t matter if the person is a highly trained professional athlete, a college athlete, high school athlete, youth league athlete, someone who works in a factory, someone who works construction, a soldier in the military, postal delivery person, a person who sits in front of computer all day, a cashier, salesman, house wife or anyone else. If a person has a predisposing factor for an injury, an athletic trainer can help identify it and correct for it.
Once any problem areas are located an athletic trainer can devise a plan to correct it. Whether you need core strengthening, correcting your lifting technique (whether it be weights, boxes, lumber or anything else), improving flexibility or range of motion, or anything else you may need. Whatever your problem, an athletic trainer will help you maximize your “game” in a safe manner and reduce your chance for injury.
Want to know what else an athletic trainer can do? Take a look: http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/GuideToAthleticTrainingServices.pdf
Please help us protect the safety of our youth athletes! **(petition failed)
March is National Athletic Training Month: Every Body Needs An Athletic Trainer. Keep checking back throughout the month for more information.