August/September 2021 - 10

Product Focus
What Sideline Equipment
do ATCs Use Most?
By Wesley Sykes
Managing Editor
A
..s the old adage goes, a
..worker is only as good as
..his or her tools. Like any
experienced craftsmen, athletic
trainers need to be able to trust their
tools and, perhaps most importantly,
keep them nearby when needed.
But while the adage suggests
that good tools can make a skilled
craftsman better, they assuredly
do not replace the work the
craftsman has put in to reach this
point. And good tools will most
definitely not make a poorly skilled
craftsman good.
The athletic training bag is
equipped with tools for just about
any situation that may arise.
Cuts, abrasions, sprains, strains.
No matter the injury, the athletic
training bag equips athletic trainers
with whatever supplies they need.
Training & Conditioning magazine
asked athletic trainers what tools
they keep in their toolkit, so to speak,
when patrolling the sidelines during
athletic competitions.
Band-aids, bandages and tape
was the most selected option, with
72 percent, while taping cutters
(59%), resistance bands and elastic
wraps (48%), and petroleum jelly and
aspirin/antacids (both 35%) followed
as the next most selected options.
Trainer's Angel/pliers (31%) are
used to quickly cut through helmet
screws and facemask attachments;
a tuning fork's vibration is used to
test for identifying fractures. Tuning
forks (28%), and EpiPens (21%)
rounded out the top eight items most
frequently found in athletic trainer
bags. The tuning fork technique
can be an inexpensive and accurate
method of evaluating possible
fractures and has been known to
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supplement the fracture testing
techniques used by athletic trainers.
Seven percent of athletic trainers
noted having extra equipment pieces
like mouth guards in their bags while
others wrote in having a tooth saver
and, for the hotter days, a wet-bulb
thermometer.
As one trainer noted, " there's just
too many things to name here. "
That responder is not wrong. In the
broad industry of athletic trainers,
particularly at the high school level,
they have to wear multiple hats -
treating, preventing, and rehabilitating
injuries, managing equipment,
nutritionist, and so much more. The
athletic trainer bag should reflect that
broad spectrum. Of course, there are
the basic necessities, but there are
many other items that can be added to
personalize your trainer bag. After all, it
is an extension of the athletic trainer.

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