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Careers in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

4. Planning patient care
5. Independently providing athletic training services during team travel
6. Making "return-to-play" decisions

During this time is when students become familiar with the rest of the sports
medicine team, from the athletes, coaches, administrators, and physicians to the rest
of the rehabilitation team. Students should take advantage of this great learning opportunity and establish an educational foundation to build from, so when ready, they
will be able to take a leadership role in the sports medicine team.

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SPECIALISTS

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certified strength
and conditioning
specialist (CSCS)
A professional
member of the
sports medicine
team who
evaluates existing
levels of fitness
and athleticism,
along with helping
to increase the
strength and
endurance of an
individual or team
while promoting a
healthier lifestyle.

The certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) credential is obtained
after passing a written exam. To be eligible to take the exam you must have a current
CPR and automatic external defibrillator (AED) certificate and hold a bachelor's degree or higher. The CSCS has many different professional identities, as determined by
the job setting. In a gym or clinic setting the classification may be a personal trainer,
health maintenance
fitness instructor, or strength and conditioning specialist, whereas in a high school
organization (HMO)
or college setting CSCS staff may be known as strength coaches (Figure 1-5). The inGroup health care
formation provided will be the basic foundation of evaluating fitness and then setting
plan that provides
up a conditioning plan.
a predetermined,
The CSCS is an essential part of the sports medicine team not only in the prevenprepaid medical
care benefit
tion of injuries and conditioning of athletes but also in rehabilitation after an injury.
package.
CSCS staff will be involved in the evaluation of existing levels of fitness and the alterations of the activities of everyday life to promote a healthier lifestyle. Motivation,
preferred provider
direction, and health-related suggestions for individuals or teams of all ages will be
organization (PPO)
provided by the CSCS. They are there for a population interested in taking better care
A comprehensive
of their physical well-being. The CSCS can work in health clubs, individual patients'
health care plan
homes, high schools, or with professional teams, to name a few sites.
that allows people
Due to insurance controls, time constraints, equipment availability, and/or knowlto choose their own
edge, the CSCS can assist in strength enhancement of the individual for the prevenphysicians and other
tion of injuries, returning to activity, and rehabilitation of an injury. Many health
medical providers.
maintenance organizations (HMOs), in order to control cost, have established
a limit on physical therapy visits. For example, to fully
rehabilitate a surgically repaired anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee, only 6 to 12 visits may be
covered. For an athlete to be reinstated to active participation, it may take as long as 6 to 12 months of a continuous, professionally guided program. In contrast, a
preferred provider organization (PPO) is a managed
care organization consisting of physicians, hospitals,
and other health care providers. With a PPO the client
does not need a referral from a primary care physician
to see a specialist, such as an orthopedist, as would
be necessary in an HMO environment. There is an
established network of providers contracted through
the client's insurance carrier;  going out of this established network for care will increase the cost to the
client. As in all sports medicine professions, the CSCS 1-5 | A fitness instructor helps individuals improve their
must combine skills and knowledge to make sure the health by developing effective physical fitness programs.



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