What is Sports Medicine?
Sports medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with physical fitness, treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. Although sports teams have employed Team physicians for many years, it is only since the late 20th century that Sport and Exercise Medicine has emerged as a distinct entity in health care.
Athletic Trainers/Therapists (ATs) are highly skilled professional specializing in the health care of physical activity. They are responsible for care & prevention of athletic injury/illness and serve as a liaison between the team physician, coach, parent, and athlete.
- Immediate on-field emergency injury assessment and management
- Making appropriate and unbiased sideline decisions regarding athletes returning to full participation
- Thorough assessment and appropriate management of sport related emergencies such as, but not limited to: concussions, heat-related emergencies, sudden cardiac death, and MRSA
- Clinical assessment of injury
- Design & implementation of contemporary rehab protocols
- Sport equipment fitting, maintenance, and emergency removal
- Applying protective/supportive techniques that allow the athlete to regain physically active lifestyle
- Inventory and purchasing of supplies
- Completing medical/accidental record form