Who are Athletic Trainers and Who Needs Them?

Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers are vital members of the healthcare community who can serve in many roles to provide treatment, rehabilitation and prevention services. As the name suggests, athletic trainers focus primarily on the wellbeing of athletes but they can serve other roles as well. For example, a company may choose to have an athletic trainer on site for a large corporate event. But, you’ll usually see an athletic trainer on the sidelines of the big game, helping athletes stay fit and healthy and responding to injuries on the field.

Athletic trainers undergo years of extensive education and training before receiving a license to practice. At Excel Sports & Physical Therapy, our athletic trainers are a vital part of our team.

What do athletic trainers do?

Because of their job title, athletic trainers are confused with personal trainers, who are professionals who focus on fitness. However, athletic trainers are versatile healthcare professionals who are trained to handle many needs. They can be relied upon in many settings, including as relief for staffing shortages in medical facilities. Their skills include:

  • Injury prevention
  • Examining and diagnosing a clinical condition
  • Immediate care of an injury or condition
  • Rehabilitative services
  • Therapeutic services and more

Who needs an athletic trainer?

It goes without saying that athletes need athletic trainers. Athletic trainers are found in many athletic environments, not just in collegiate or professional settings. You will find them at elementary, middle and high school athletic events as well. Athletes of all levels need an athletic trainer for optimal care and treatment during a game.

Business owners also rely on athletic trainers for healthcare services. Athletic trainers can help reduce injury severity and decrease recovery time, which helps professionals return to the workplace. This means business owners lose less money from an employee being absent from work due to an injury.  

Contact Excel Sports & Physical Therapy for athletic training

Our athletic trainers are available to serve in many ways. If you would like an athletic trainer to help at an event or game, or if you would like to visit an athletic trainer at one of our clinics, we can help you. Contact us today to learn more about athletic training and schedule an appointment with one of our athletic trainers.