Part of the education that an athletic trainer receives before they get their certification is in recognizing, treating and managing concussions. After graduating and passing the certification exam athletic trainers continue to learn about concussions throughout their entire career. They attend workshops, lectures, and seminars, they read about current research and findings in medical journals. They work with physicians and other health care providers to stay abreast of the latest information that can help them to recognize concussions when they occur and to provide the best care possible for their athletes and patients when they. They are an important part of the research that is being done on concussions and of the different medical groups and professionals on the national, state and local levels that are helping to create protocols and legislation to help protect our athletes.
Athletic trainers are unique in the health care field. We often have a close relationship with our athletes and patients because we see them daily. We get to know how they act, how they think, how they walk, talk and act. We get to know them better than their doctors do. This puts them in a great position to better identify when something is wrong with their athletes and patients. One of the problems with concussions is that the signs can often be very difficult to see. Initial diagnosis is often based on the individual reporting their symptoms, but this doesn’t always happen. Athletic trainers because they know their athletes and patients can sometimes see those subtle clues that may make the difference in early detection of a concussion and therefore help keep it from getting worse.
In addition to knowing their athletes and patients better, athletic trainers are often present or at least nearby when concussions occur. No other health care provider spends as much time near and in the action as an athletic trainer. This is why they are a key component in recognizing and initial treatment of concussions when they occur.
After a concussion has occurred it is often the athletic trainer that the individual will see on a daily basis as they recover. This means that the athletic trainer can monitor and assess the athlete daily and make sure that they are following the best protocol for a full and safe recovery. The athletic trainer works close with the physician and keeps them updated on their athlete/patients recovery. Athletic trainers then help guide them back safely into activity after they have fully recovered.
From onset to return to activity, athletic trainers are there for their athlete/patients. They are an integral part of their health care and are the front line defense against injury. They are highly trained medical professionals that help keep Every Body safe.
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