What is a certified and licensed athletic trainer?
An Athletic Trainer certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification and licensed by the state of Illinois, is a highly qualified paramedical professional, educated and experienced in dealing with the health care problems associated with sport. An Athletic Trainer is required to have an extensive background of both formal academic preparation and supervised practical experience, according to NATABOC- and Illinois-approved guidelines. Candidates are then required to take a rigorous three-part oral and written certification examination, testing competencies in both practical and theoretical aspects of health care provision in an athletic environment.
Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainers must accrue continuing education hours to remain certified and licensed. The certified and licensed athletic trainer brings an invaluable variety of skills to the health care system of a high school athletic program, including injury evaluation, care of wounds, care of head and spinal injuries, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The certified and licensed athletic trainer possesses competencies in the use of a wide variety of first aid equipment ranging from bandages and splints to emergency transportation devices.
The athletic trainer possesses injury rehabilitation skills, including the planning, and administration of therapeutic, strengthening, and corrective exercises, as well as competency in heat and cold therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and massage. Injury prevention skills, such as the building or fitting of protective equipment, taping and wrapping, assistance to coaches in planning and supervising off-season and in-season conditioning programs, and the teaching of injury-prevention skills are also utilized.
The certified and licensed athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician when practicing in the state of Illinois.
Athletic Training at Wheeling High School
- prevention of athletic injuries through preseason testing, equipment fitting, and advice to coaches on off-season developmental programs
- recognition and evaluation of athletic injuries
- rehabilitation of athletic injuries through the use of exercise and various hot, cold and electrical modalities
- education and counseling of athletes about various issues related to health, sport and exercise
- student trainer, coach and public educator