If you’ve been to a high school sports event, then you’ve probably seen the athletic trainers (ATs) from Augusta University Sports Medicine on the court, field or race route.
ATs are licensed and trained to evaluate and diagnose, as well as treat and rehabilitate all injuries in athletes. ATs are often an athlete’s main source of health care, and they primarily focus on prevention, recognition, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. They’re also experts on concussions and work on other issues that result from or affect an athlete’s performance and health.
In addition to on-field injury evaluation, diagnosis and first aid, ATs provide an array of support services for athletes, including:
- Preseason physicals and screenings
- Concussion education programs
- Heat injury prevention
- Injury treatment and rehabilitation
- Education and counseling
The athletic trainers also run a fall sports injury program where they treat nonemergent injuries for school athletes and other active individuals on Saturday mornings at Augusta University Medical Clinic at West Wheeler.
ATs function in various settings, including athletics and performing arts, as well as industrial and tactical settings, such as military, law enforcement, and fire and rescue. ATs at Augusta University Sports Medicine work during athletic events for local high school and college teams and assist team physicians.
While they are usually out in the community at practices, home games or away games, they also see patients in the West Wheeler clinic. As such, they are integral to what Augusta University Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine offers to the region.
Here to keep you in the game
To learn more about our fall sports injury program, visit augustahealth.org/fallsports.