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is to keep the big picture in view and consider the long-term effects of short-term actions. At times, it may seem that the athletic
trainer is more at odds with the coaching staff than in support,
but their responsibilities are always with the athletes. In these
situations education and information may need to be provided
to the coaching staff at an appropriate time away from the regular practice time. This is when logic and the athlete's well-being
and safety should be the upmost priority and discussed until all
have the same understanding. Again, it takes the cooperation of
all members to make a team work well. The athletic trainer will
enlist the help of other sports medicine team members as necessary to ensure the best possible care for each patient and athlete.

the coach
Naturally, the coach is a very important part of the sports medicine team. The ethical behavior of the coach will be recognized
and reflected by all other members of the sports medicine team
and the athletes (Figure 2-7). The coach must emphasize commitment to providing a safe, unbiased, and positive environment
in which all participants may excel. Perhaps the most difficult as- 2-7 | The coach must make the sport as safe
pect of ethical behavior is the balance between the desire to win as possible for the athletes.
and the best interests of the athletes. The coach's ethics should
include positive reinforcement, clear and accurate communication of expectations and problems, and, above all, the exhibition
of honesty in the face of competitive interaction.

the Athlete
The athlete's responsibilities of ethical behavior include understanding and complying with the team's philosophy and written ethical codes, as well as demonstrating respect for parents,
teachers, athletic trainers, coaches, and peers. In general, athletes
should not engage in behavior that is harmful or disrespectful to
themselves or others (Figure 2-8). This ethical behavior should
be extended to competitors as well as members of the sports
medicine team. In some cases the athlete may be a role model to
younger athletes; this must be considered in the athlete's behavior.

the Athletes' parents/guardians
In school sports, the athletes' parents/guardians must always be
treated with respect. Make sure to clearly establish them as special people in each athlete's life and as part of the sports medicine
team. As integral members of the sports medicine team, parents
have the responsibility to demonstrate ethical behavior by not
disputing the coaching staff in front of athletes and refraining
from overly enthusiastic support, such as becoming verbally 2-8 | After an injury, athletes must be safely
or physically abusive toward other parents, coaches, officials, reconditioned to a competitive level.



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