At Neurotensegrity Wellness Center, our primary focus is to individualize athletic training services to each athlete so he/she is able to reach his/her optimum human potential.
The goals for athletic training in a clinical setting are prevention, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, education, and counseling.
A pre-season physical exam is highly recommended. It would benefit the athlete to know if there is anything the athlete needs to work on to improve performance and prevent injury.
Prevention involves the athletic trainer properly assessing the athlete through a physical evaluation. The athletic trainer then implements exercise, stretches, and guidance in order to decrease the risk of injury.
If an injury or illness does occur, the athletic trainer properly determines the level of care required to provide the best care possible for the athlete. The athletic trainer does this through the use of diagnostic procedures. This can involve referral to the hospital if it is deemed an emergency situation.
After the athletic trainer has determined that the injury or illness does not require immediate medical attention, the athletic trainer provides care. In the acute phase of care, the athletic trainer may implement PRICE. After the acute phase of care, it is important for the athletic trainer to create a comprehensive and personalized reconditioning program for any injury or illness sustained by the athlete. The reconditioning program may require various therapeutic modalities as well as a specific training regimen.
The modalities offered for athletic training has some of the same ones offered in physical therapy. This is because the difference between athletic training andphysical therapy is the population and goals of the population. Athletic training specifically targets athletes while physical therapy is more geared towards the general public. Athletic training is geared towards improving in a specific sport and exceeding normal function. The goal of physical therapyis typically improving daily activities and returning to normal function.
The athletic trainer is responsible for keeping the coach in the loop regarding treatment of the athlete. The coach needs to know the timeline for return to play and what, if any, restrictions the athlete may be under while recovering from the injury or illness.