All About Athletic Trainers-Aspect 2
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Jen Galando

sports medicine; employed through excela health


Jaclyn Johnston's insight:

    1. What is the importance of having an athletic trainer in secondary schools?

The majority of athletes are at the high school level, so the incidents of injuries are greater.  Having an athletic trainer in the secondary schools can prevent injuries from occurring through proper technique training, proper nutrition counseling, and proper return to participation after an injury does occur.  Athletic trainers are also vital in assessing the extent of an injury and the best course of action for returning to a sport when ready. 

     2. What are the risks of clearing an athlete for return to play?

Clearing an athlete to early can pose more harm to the athlete.  This can have short term or long term effects on their physical and psychological well being.  Also, being too conservative can cause problems for athletes physically and psychologically as well.  Athletes are very motivated individuals, they need goals to reach to feel like they are making progress.  If they meet these goals but are still not cleared to participate, psychological problems can arise that may effect their performance once they do return.

     3. What are the benefits and the downfalls of being an athletic trainer?

The benefits are many.  The most important one is that as an athletic trainer you help others achieve their goals, dreams, desires.  Helping athletes achieve success, especially after an injury is an amazing experience.  It is very reassuring to see all of your creative rehab ideas, motivational strategies, time, and effort pay off when an athlete returns to participation.  The downfalls are many too.  The biggest is time away from personal family and friends.  It is a constant struggle to find the balance but finding one is the only way an athletic trainer does not become "burned out"

     4. Why do you think some athletes do not like athletic trainers?

I think in the moment of an injury or the desire to return to participation and they can't, athletes may have the feelings of "not liking" their athletic trainers.  No one likes to be told "No" or "you can't your not ready" or "I wouldn't advise doing that yet".  It is difficult for some athletes especially at the high school level to see the big picture.  But as an athletic trainer we know the ramifications of returning to soon and possibly causing more harm than good.  I think after the emotional response is over and an athlete sees they are not ready to return they understand why the athletic trainer had to be the "bad guy".  There are not too many others on a "team" that is really only looking out for the healthy interest of an athlete.

     5. What characteristics do you think a person should have in order to be successful in this field?

Flexibility.  Athletic trainers have to be flexible with regards to time management and working environment.  Athletic training is never exactly the same from one day to the next.  Something can always arise, whether its a new injury, time change for an event, added work load, or the moods of your athletes.  If you can "go with the flow" while still maintaining your ethics then athletic training will become overwhelming.  I think along with flexibility athletic trainers also have to be grounded.  Sometimes bad things happen and sometimes good things happen.  Being able to make the best of a situation is key.  If athletic trainers are not willing to change for the better without losing their sense of responsibility to the athlete's health then this becomes a very stressful job.  The old adage, "You've got to know when to hold em, no when to fold em" works well with athletic training.

     6. Other than rehab, can you name and describe your other duties as an athletic trainer?

Injury Prevention Specialist.  Teaching athletes proper technique on landing correctly, proper nutrition to fuel your body, and proper pre and post event strategies to prevent injuries from occurring.  Athletic trainers are also amateur sports psychologist.  We often hear athletes greatest fears, doubts, and insecurities, especially after an injury.

     7. Do you believe all schools in tge united states should have a ATC on staff? Why or Why not?

Yes I think all schools should have ATC's.  Their greatest assets are their students and keeping them healthy on and off the field is important.  Sports definitely help athletes become better students and keeping them healthy is the job of the athletic trainers.  When an athletic trainer is present or available the incident of serious or catastrophic injuries decreases.  That translates in to saved lives!

     8. Why do you think most schools do not keep an ATC on staff?

I think educational budgets are the biggest reason athletic trainers are not on staff in every school.  Decreasing budgets make it one of the first programs to get cut.  But in the long run athletic trainer decrease the cost of potential liability to a school that offers athletics to its students.

     9. How did his profession affect your social life?

Again, finding the balance is key.  During the school year your social life is limited.  Most evenings are spent on the field or at events, while some weekend work is required too.  Having an administration or AD that understands the demands of your job and helps keep schedules efficient is key to success.

     10. How do you determine how many trainers are employed in a school?

I think the same way they determine teacher student ratios.  Too many athletes to one athletic trainer will cause someone or some teams to feel negilected and not important. These teams may not utilize their athletic training services and may suffer from that.

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Athletic Trainers : Occupational Outlook Handbook : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Athletic Trainers : Occupational Outlook Handbook : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | All About Athletic Trainers-Aspect 2 |
Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses. They work with people of all ages and all skill levels, from young children to soldiers and professional athletes.
Jaclyn Johnston's comment, March 12, 2013 8:17 AM
In May of 2010 the average wage made by athletic trainers was $41,600. Half of the ATs in that year made more than that amount and the other half made less than that. The lowest amount made was $25,750 and the highest amount made was $64,390. Plus, most work with sports teams so therefore they need to also work evenings, weekends, and travel often with their teams.
Nicole Cattano's curator insight, August 23, 2013 11:40 AM

Some AT salary information

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Every Body Needs An Athletic Trainer

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Jaclyn Johnston's comment, March 11, 2013 7:58 AM
The job of an athletic trainer is not only rehab. They also have knowledge in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries having to do with athletics. Athletic Trainers know how to handle situations of serious concern, such as head traumas, spinal cord injuries, heat illnesses, etc. They are specially trained to deal with all kinds of situations.
Jaclyn Johnston's comment, March 11, 2013 8:05 AM
AT's need to be present at any place that sports are performed. They are the ones " to take responsibility for managing injuries" in athletics. They have and incredible knowledge on sports medicine and are "well-trained" in this field. An athletic trainer's true concern is the over all health of the athlete and they make sure the littlest things are taken care of to ensure the athlete's safety.
Jaclyn Johnston's comment, March 11, 2013 8:15 AM
In order to continue being a certified athletic trainer, there are many ramifications to be met. They need have a degree from a bachelor/master's program and have passed all the testing required. they have to follow the rules and regulations set by the state/BOC( board of certification), such as "practicing under a physician". They must have training in CPR/AED/First Aid and continually update the certification. Only half the high schools in the United States have athletic trainers on staff, which produces a huge risks for all athletes within the schools without an athletic trainer.
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Athletic trainers: Some of sports' true heroes

Athletic trainers: Some of sports' true heroes | All About Athletic Trainers-Aspect 2 |
In my latest column for The Post and Courier, I discuss the importance of athletic trainers and why every school should have access to them. ...
Jaclyn Johnston's comment, March 12, 2013 8:00 PM
Injury rates decrease whenever an athletic trainer is put on staff. For example, injury rates in girls soccer and basketball are extremely high in schools without athletic trainers compared to schools with athletic trainers on staff.
Jaclyn Johnston's comment, March 12, 2013 8:05 PM
Since some schools have a very tight budget, the schools may make athletic trainers teach classes during the day as well as doing their job in the evenings and weekends. All this time without a break can lead to "burn out". However, no matter how much they feel they need a break, they never stop doing their job and doing it well.
ahmed ben kamagate's curator insight, April 7, 2014 3:51 PM

athletic trainers do so much but they are nothing on the sideline. They unquestion wheather you should continue the game or just sit out.

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National Athletic Trainers' Association |

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Jaclyn Johnston's comment, March 12, 2013 7:55 AM
It is hard for some people to understand the fact that athletic trainers are completely different than personal trainers. ATs do not only work with athletes, but they also work anywhere where others are "physically active.
Jaclyn Johnston's comment, March 12, 2013 8:02 AM
There are so many different job opportunities at hand for athletic trainers. They can be employed through colleges/universities, hospital/clinic, military, secondary schools, public safety, and so much more. People sometimes tend to underestimate the need for athletic trainers in certain environments and do not take their opinions seriously.
Jaclyn Johnston's comment, March 12, 2013 8:09 AM
There are many different people who go through many different circumstances and are in need of athletic trainers' assistance. All athletes from recreational to professional should have an atletic trainer on hand just in case. However, they are not the only ones who need the service of athletic trainers. People with musculoskeletal injuries, those in need of strength and fitness advice/training, and others who were recommended by a physician to see an athletic trainer. The role of an athletic trainer varies.
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Teacher's Comments

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Tami Yaklich's comment, March 20, 2013 8:44 PM
Good info... good job paraphrasing for the most part. Sometimes your comments are close to the original.
Tami Yaklich's comment, March 20, 2013 8:44 PM
Great interview source and insight
Tami Yaklich's comment, March 20, 2013 8:44 PM
Score: 30/30