My name is Maddie and I am the Certified Athletic Trainer at Reynolds High School. March is National Athletic Training Month so I thought I’d help you understand a little bit more about what my role is and how I can help you or your son/daughter recover from an injury.
First things first: What is an athletic trainer?
Athletic trainers are health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states’ statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include:
- Injury and illness prevention
- Wellness promotion and education
- Emergent care
- Examination and clinical diagnosis
- Therapeutic intervention
- Rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions
You may have heard of athletic trainers but do not realize who they are or where you saw one. Well, let me run this scenario by you… You’re watching an NFL game on TV and one of the players goes down… Two or three people run onto the field to assess the injury… They are the team’s athletic trainers!! In this setting, we are the first responding health care providers who triage the injury and determine what should occur next for each injury. Where else can you find athletic trainers?
- Youth, high school, college and professional sports
- Hospitals, orthopedic clinics and physical therapy offices
- Military and public safety
- Occupational/industrial settings (Amazon, Intel, Boeing, etc.)
- Performing arts
So, what does my typical day look like? While I personally don’t work with any professional athletes, my high school athletes keep me on my toes.
Reynolds gets out of school at 3:14pm but I typically arrive anywhere from 2:00-2:30pm. During this (quiet) time I work on charting, sending emails, calling parents, athletic training room maintenance and any number of daily tasks to help the post-school rush run smoothly.
The post-school/pre-practice time can be hectic. Depending on the season, I oversee every athlete, boys and girls, from the freshman to varsity level, which can be anywhere between 150-250 athletes. Especially in the fall and spring seasons, I can treat as many as 20 athletes in a 15-minute span. They can come to me for any number of issues:
- New/old injuries
- Nutrition questions
- General medical conditions/questions
- And many other things
While evaluation and rehabilitation take up much of my time, I try to give every student-athlete the undivided attention they deserve.
During practice I usually chart on the athletes I’ve already seen, continue rehabilitation for athletes who can’t practice, or I go out and check in on the different teams. Post-practice work consists of evaluations of injuries which occur during practice, treatments, ice, etc. This type of schedule is, of course, different every day depending on game schedule or potentially a student-athlete that has a more serious injury that requires an emergency transportation or a simple parent phone call.
Every day in the athletic training room is different, but it’s part of what makes my job so fun and exciting. I never have the same day twice.
Gresham SportsCare also currently employs the athletic trainers at Gresham, Barlow, Sandy, and Corbett High Schools. If you or your son/daughter experienced an injury playing sports, give Gresham SportsCare a call at 503-491-1666 or schedule an appointment online.