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The King's Academy director of sports
medicine Tyler Hamilton (left) and director
of athletics Chris Hobbs (right).
4 WAYS THE AD/AT
RELATIONSHIP BOLSTERS
STUDENT-ATHLETES' HEALTH
By Tyler Hamilton, ATC & Dr. Chris Hobbs, CMAA
The role of certified athletic
trainers (ATC) in high schools has
steadily evolved. An awareness
of legal liabilities for schools, the
inherent risks of sport-participation,
and a growing body of knowledge on
student-athlete safety has created a
three-prong tipping point for schools
to hire an AT. The presence of
these highly trained specialists has
brought with it the need for athletic
directors (AD) to provide support and
leadership to a new position.
The role of an AT is much
different than that of a coach, yet
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just as critical to the student-athlete
experience. ATs hold a role that is
mentally, emotionally, and physically
demanding. A certified AT has
demonstrated significant scientific
knowledge and must put it on display
during highly stressful experiences.
Athletic trainers are there during
injury, the worst moment of a
student-athlete's experience. They
are also there for the successful
return to playing the sport that a
student-athlete loves.
For many ATs, it is the opportunity
to support and guide student-athletes
during the 'highs and the lows' that
is a source of joy. Another part of that
joy is the collective effort of coaches,
strength trainers, athletic trainers,
and athletic directors to provide
student-athletes the sport experience
that can mold and shape them. ATs
love to be part of that student-athlete
centric community. The joy of the
position, however, can be dried up by
the relentless nature of it. ATs endure
long nights standing on sidelines.
They are the ones that break the bad
news to student-athletes and their
parents. They have large piles of

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