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maintaining a professional and
hygienic athletic training facility is
a continuous process. With so many
people to serve, it is important to
allow ATs to develop efficient and
best practices. Guard their time
and attention to ultimately provide
a safe and successful studentathlete
experience. And find ways to
highlight the aspects of their work
and role that are appreciated.
Gratitude unspoken is ingratitude.
ADs depend on a wide variety of
people to successfully operate an
athletic department and the position
of AT may be the most pressurized of
them all. Giving an AT feedback and
expressing gratitude for their efforts
should go together. ADs can express
their gratitude for the servant's heart
and expertise of their AT in ways such
as 1) identifying them as experts in
board reports and parents meeting 2)
celebrating them on social media and
through emails during the National
Athletic Trainer's Association 'ATC
Appreciation Month' in March. 3)
Giving their ATC permission to hire
a certified hourly replacement for
an evening of activities so they can
have a rare night off. 4) Conducting
regular reviews and scheduling
regular meetings as a platform for
professional discussions with an AT is
a great way to validate their role in the
school and athletic department.
Conclusion
It is important for athletic
departments to feverishly maintain a
perspective that it exists to contribute
to the development of the holistic
maturity of its student-athletes. ATs
are an important player in a school's
effort to nurture the health and
performance of its student-athletes.
Oftentimes, patient care is an ongoing
process rather than a one-anddone
office visit. ATs evaluate, treat,
re-evaluate, re-treat, re-evaluate,
and so on. Protect the ATs' time
and effort toward patient care and
administration of a sports medicine
facility. And keep in mind that ATs
really do want the student-athletes
and the school to wildly succeed.
Mr. Tyler Hamilton, MS, LAC, ATC
is the Director of Sports Medicine at
The King's Academy in Florida. He
was formerly the Program Director
for Athletic Training at Palm Beach
Atlantic University. Hamilton is also
a member of the NATA Committee
on Professional Ethics. He holds an
MS in Exercise Science from UNC
Greensboro and multiple certifications
in his field. You can reach Mr. Hamilton
at thamilton@tka.net
Dr. Chris Hobbs, CMAA is the
Director of Athletics at The King's
Academy in Florida. He was named
the Varsity Brands National Athletic
Director of the Year in 2019 and a Top
40 Under 40 Sport Leader by Coach
and AD magazine in 2018. He holds an
MS in Sport Coaching from the United
States Sports Academy and a Doctor
of Education from Liberty University.
He can be followed on Twitter @
Dr_ChrisHobbs.
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