A Return to Sports and Possible Injuries

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Athletic trainers are key in keeping athletes healthy. 

Students are returning to school, meaning high school athletes across the state are returning to sports. This green light is great news for thousands of dedicated students, but the lengthy time off could mark a tough return for athletes that could leave some on the sidelines with injuries.

Heroes on the Sidelines

Hoping to head off these injuries are a team of professional athletic trainers that most area schools have on their rosters. These health care professionals take every step in making sure athletes are prepared to return to play. Athletic trainers also aim to reduce injuries, but if they do occur, these professionals assess, diagnose and get treatment for players.

Athletic trainers are educated in the prevention, evaluation and rehabilitation of injuries, including sprains and tears, which are commonly seen in sports. In fact, almost half of a trainer’s time is spent providing preventative health care. However, they also have training and understanding in more serious injuries such as heat stroke, cardiac arrest, concussions and spine injuries.

Athletic trainers work closely with other health care professionals after an injury to ensure recovery for athletes to return to play.

A Curveball

Athletic trainers also have additional responsibilities of keeping athletes healthy as COVID-19 continues. During a season, injuries are often the biggest thing to sideline an athlete, but athletic trainers have the additional concern of making sure athletes are infection-free.

Athletic trainers will need to make sure proper health and safety protocols are followed. This means proper facility cleaning, taking temperatures, proper distancing for athletes not playing and coordinating with school administration on contact tracing. These are critical steps that are needed to advance student athletes’ return to sports safely.

Re-engaging in sports has immense benefits both physically and mentally for children. While improving their health and fitness, it also offers athletes an opportunity for socialization and routine. Whether or not there are fans in the bleachers, athletic trainers will be on the sidelines cheering athletes on.

Full Court Press

Athletic trainers aren’t found only on the sidelines in school athletics. They can be found working in:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Professional and amateur sports organizations
  • Hospitals
  • The military
  • Police and fire departments
  • Performing arts
  • Corporate workplaces

Every step of the way, athletic trainers impact health care through intentional, patient-centered, compassionate action.

To find out more about Riverside Orthopedic Specialists Athletic Training Program, contact (815) 802-7090 or visit ChooseRiversideOrtho.com