NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINING MONTH : Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly-skilled health care professionals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide compassionate health care for athletes, patients, soldiers, workers and performers.

March is National Athletic Training Month (NATM), a time to celebrate the actions that ATs take to impact health care in work, life and sport. National Athletic Training Month is sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the professional members association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. NATA represents more than 45,000 members worldwide.

ATS IMPACT HEALTH CARE THROUGH ACTION : The 2020 theme for National Athletic Training Month is “ATs Impact Health Care Through Action.” Athletic trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who never stop acting for the health, safety and well-being of their patients. ATs take action every day to reduce the risk of injury for the patients that they serve. Should an injury occur, athletic trainers act immediately to assess, diagnose, treat and refer injuries for specialized care. After an injury, athletic trainers act to rehabilitate patients and get them back to the sport, work and life that they love. Every step of the way, athletic trainers impact health care through intentional, patient centered, compassionate action. 

Athletic Trainer (AT) IMPACT

ATs impact health care before, during and after an injury occurs. ATs are experts in injury and illness prevention – in fact, ATs spend nearly 50% of their time providing preventative health care. ATs are also prepared to act in case of an emergency, such as sudden cardiac arrest, exertional heat stroke or cervical spine injury. Perhaps one of the most rewarding parts of being an AT is helping an athlete, performer or public servant return to the sport, stage or job they love after sustaining an injury. ATs work collaboratively with other health care professionals to rehabilitate an active patient to work, life and sport.  Areas of AT impact include:

  • Injury and Illness Prevention: ATs implement injury prevention programs and help mitigate risk by developing venue specific emergency action plans.
  • Examination and Diagnosis of Injuries: ATs help ensure that patients receive the necessary health screenings as well as evaluate injuries when they occur.
  • Immediate and Emergency Care: ATs provide emergency care for injury and illnesses such as concussion, cardiac arrest, spine injuries, heat stroke, diabetes, allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
  • Therapeutic Intervention: ATs recondition and rehabilitate injuries, illnesses and general medical conditions for optimal performance and function.
  • Health Care Administration: ATs are pioneers of change. Through injury data collected by ATs, the athletic training profession is shaping injury prevention and identifying new ways to keep patients healthy while reducing overall health care costs.

2021 State of the Association by President Dunavant


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