The first step in the recovery process is to discover the extent and severity of an injury by being assessed by an athletic trainer.
St. Joseph Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers want to provide you with the highest standard of care possible in rehabilitative and preventative services. Whether you are recovering from a sports-related or work-related injury, our highly-trained staff can work with you to achieve your goals in a spectacular manner.
What is Athletic Training?
Athletic trainers help prevent and treat injuries for people of all ages. Their clients include everyone from professional athletes to industrial workers. Recognized by the American Medical Association of allied health professionals, athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation or muscle-skeletal injuries. Athletic trainers employed by the state of Texas must be licensed by the Texas Department of Health Services and maintain current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) certifications. Athletic trainers work under the supervision of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care providers.
Athletic trainers are often one of the first healthcare providers to be on site when injuries occur. Therefore, they must be able to identify, assess and assess injuries and provide immediate assistance when needed. They are also heavily involved in rehabilitation and recovery from injuries. Athletics coaches are not to be confused with fitness coaches or personal trainers, who train people to become physically fit but are not health workers.
Athletic trainers often help prevent injuries by advising on the correct use of equipment and applying protective devices such as tape, bandages and braces. Injury prevention often includes education on what to do to avoid putting yourself at risk for injury.
Sports Medicine & Athletic Training Services:
- Athletic injury assessments at patient's school or athletic events
- Athletic training coverage for:
- School districts
- High school or community sporting events
- Short-term or long-term medical care tailored to organizations' needs
- Direct access to Orthopedic Associates Physician Group (five orthopedic surgeons and two orthopedic physician assistants)
- Injury clinic on Saturday morning
- Specialized knee brace fitting (off-the-shelf and custom) and other types of braces available
- On-site injury prevention consultations
- Athletic event site preparation
- Speakers and presentations on sports injuries, injury prevention and rehabilitation
- Comprehensive St. Joseph Sports Medicine Concussion Program
- Cognitive testing using concussion vital signs