About Athletic Training
New West Physical Therapy currently employs four Certified Athletic Trainers, one of which provides medical coverage to local communities via game/event coverage and high schools. Primary responsibilities are serving local high schools, UNK athletics, community outreach and game/event coverage.
• Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
• Prevention of athletic injuries
• Orthopedic injury evaluation
• Sport specific rehabilitation and return to play intervention
• Injury Prevention Programs
• Emergency care and First Responder
• Concussion Evaluation, ImPACT certified Athletic Trainer
Contact Doug Cooper, ATC here for more information.
What is athletic training?
Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.
Who are athletic trainers?
Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes.
Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skill set, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree.