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3 Must Ask Questions for Parent's Night

from Bangor Daily News

School sports season is almost upon us. With that comes the responsibility for attending Parent’s Night – the annual meet-and-greet between the athletic director, coaches, medical staff and parents.

It is critical that parent’s take an active role in the well-being of their student-athlete children. With that in mind, I’ve created the following must-ask questions that every parent should know about the medical care surrounding their children while playing school sports.

1. Who is our athletic trainer? If we don’t have one, why not? Athletic trainers are the lynchpin for medical care of student athletes. Yet, despite their critical job, their roles are often confused. First and foremost, let me say that athletic trainers are NOT personal trainers. Athletic training is an allied health profession that requires a 4-year college degree, as well a strict board certification. In fact, it is illegal for someone to call themselves an “athletic trainer” or “AT,” unless they have completed a 4-year collegiate athletic training program and obtained licensure from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

The primary role of the Athletic Trainer is to prevent injury and reduce further injury in athletes. To do this, Athletic Trainers, working in combination with the Team Physician and Athletic Director, develop injury prevention and management programs. Although the AT will “tape your ankle” as part of their injury prevention role, they can and do perform far more complex tasks. more

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