Southeastern Orthopedics- Lumberton NC

Did you know March is National Athletic Training Month?

Each March, the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) celebrates National Athletic Training Month to promote the field of Athletic Training and to recognize the work that Athletic Trainers do every day to “keep athletes safe”.

What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who work with athletes and other physically active individuals to prevent, evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate injuries and other medical conditions.  Working under the direction of a physician, ATs are part of a health care team who work closely with physicians, physical and occupational therapists, nutritionists, and various other health care professionals to ensure safe participation in sports and recreational activities.  Athletic Trainers should not be confused with personal trainers or “trainers” who focus solely on fitness and conditioning.  This is important to ensure clarify of the profession and quality of care.  

How do you become an Athletic Trainer?

To become a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer, one must first complete a 4-year Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at a college or university accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  After graduation, candidates must pass the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (BOC) exam to become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).  Several states also require ATs to obtain a license to practice Athletic Training in that state.  Athletic Trainers in North Carolina must obtain a license through the North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainers Examiners (NCBATE).  Licenses must be renewed annually, and ATs must earn 50 CEUs every 2 years to renew certification status.

Did you know SeHealth employs 6 Athletic Trainers for the public high schools of Robeson County?

SeHealth is currently in its 5th year of providing Full-time Certified Athletic Trainers for each of the 6 high schools in Robeson County.  Our ATs report to their assigned schools at 1pm daily and stay until all athletic events are completed for that day.  Our ATs provide injury prevention, recognition, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation for all student-athletes, and we cover all practices and home events, and all home and away JV and Varsity Football games.

Athletic injuries can be serious.  Brain and spinal cord injuries and other conditions such as heat illness can be life threatening if not recognized and treated promptly.  Athletic Trainers are there to treat these conditions on the spot.  Because we are at the schools daily, our ATs are able to develop close relationships with the student-athletes that foster trust and comfort when injuries do occur.  With over 45 years of combined experience, our team of Athletic Trainers is proud to be the leader in providing injury prevention and treatment in Robeson County.

For more information, please visit our websites:
NATA website: www.nata.org
SeHealth website: www.southeasternhealth.org

 


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