Athletic Training: Expanding Horizons in Modern Healthcare

Written by admin on March 3, 2014 – 11:48 am -

Where does an athletic trainer work? You think you know the answer? Easy, right? In a college, high school, or with a professional sports team. As true now as it has ever been, but times are changing, and the reach of Athletic Training is at the forefront of that change. Although the origins of the profession are deeply rooted in athletics and in sporting events, their work environments now stretch far beyond those typical settings.
Though athletic trainers are now indispensable components in a variety of different organizations, it has only been in the past 10 years that they first began to appear in non-traditional settings: the military, motorsports, fire and police departments, and the performing arts. Perhaps most surprisingly, the U. S. military has fully embraced the athletic trainer as an integral member of their medical teams. Navy and marine bases now have Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy (SMART) clinics and the Army has the Musculoskeletal Action Team (MAT) to serve their soldiers. These clinics/teams, staffed by athletic trainers and physical therapists, are being implemented at military bases around the world. Their presence has proven to decrease the number of emergency room and orthopaedic physician visits (which are often costly, unnecessary and delayed from time of injury) and provide their personnel the immediate, specialty musculoskeletal care that they need. Initiating care earlier (often immediately after injury) and lowering the cost of the care provided. The Army and Marine Corps also utilize athletic trainers during basic training to keep their trainees “in the game.” The addition of athletic trainers to basic training camps has resulted in a noticeable increase in the number of trainees graduating. Not traditionally considered the seat of innovative thought, the U. S. military has proven agile in this instance and our soldiers, sailors and marines are the beneficiaries. Athletic trainers have been the very soul of that innovation.
From humble origins but always true to their core mission: health and welfare of athletes, athletic training has become an indispensable partner for various and disparate organizations. An athletic trainer is an invaluable healthcare asset to any organization. Athletic Training—thinking outside the box: it’s not just for sports teams any longer!

Alyssa Rabert is a nationally Certified, state Licensed Athletic Trainer and post-graduate Resident in training at The Galland Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Athletic Training Residency– a 12 month immersional program allowing ATCs to maintain and hone clinical skills while developing those talents necessary to be effective in the clinical setting as an ATC/physician extender. Find out more at

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