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Careers in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

to do so may result in a cervical spine injury. The ATS can watch to make sure the
athletes are keeping their heads up, thereby preventing the direct axial loading (compression) of the cervical spine causing a severe injury that may have resulted from a
blow to the head.
Common sense and foresight are also very important in athletic training. Athletic
training students' primary goal is to help provide the safest environment possible for
the athletes. Therefore, the ATS must be able to anticipate and, if possible, prevent
the circumstances that may result in hazardous situations for the athletes. Athletic
training students can help by making sure that athletes are properly hydrated and
by acting as observers during play to monitor occurrences that the certified athletic
trainer or coach might miss, such as a player that might have blood on his or her
uniform. Sometimes athletes are unwilling to admit when they have received a minor
injury, for fear of being removed from play. However, by refusing to admit they have
been injured, even slightly, these athletes may unintentionally cause more serious
injuries to occur.
An athletic training student can also help with alternative exercises. These exercises are used during rehabilitation, for example, when an athlete sprains an ankle
and cannot run on it. The athletic trainer will create some activities to keep the athlete in condition while the injury heals, and the ATS will help supervise and encourage the athlete to perform the alternative exercises.
An ATS can provide valuable assistance in a number of ways; however, there are
limits to the student's knowledge and skills.

The Athletic Training Student Aide
Students with an interest in pursuing a career in sports medicine can begin the educational path in high school. A high school student who begins studying this field
by assisting the athletic trainer is known as an athletic training student aide. Athletic
training student aides work under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer and
thus are a meaningful part of the sports medicine team while they are acquiring
knowledge.
Athletic training programs are growing in popularity in high schools across the
United States. These programs are often spread out over 3 years and usually contain
a classroom as well as a practical component. In the classroom, students will be
introduced to subjects such as first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),
nutrition, exercise and rehabilitation, anatomy, and sports psychology. In practical
sessions, students will have the opportunity to work with athletes in the athletic
training room.
The duties of an athletic training student aide may include stocking first aid kits
and ice chests, covering practices, maintaining upkeep of the training room, record
keeping, and even helping with treatment of injuries and taping under the direct
supervision of the certified athletic trainer. As the student progresses through the
program and demonstrates knowledge and skill, duties and responsibilities can grow.
These students must be respected as key members on the sports medicine team and
work hard to earn this respect.
The licensed/certified athletic trainers, coaches, and administrators must not ask
the athletic training student aides to engage in any of the following activities:
1. Interpreting referrals from other health care providers
2. Preforming evaluations on a patient
3. Making decisions about treatments, procedures, or activities



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