Tag Archives: Athletic Trainers

Lacrosse Injury Prevention: California Legislature Set To Vote On “Athletic Trainers Practice Act” With Hopes Of Ending State’s “Lack Of Regulation Of Athletic Trainers”

The Athletic Trainers Practice Act, also known as AB 374,would mandate that all athletic trainers must:

  • have graduated with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university athletic training program and have completed certification requirements for a nationally accredited athletic training certification program.
  • pass a comprehensive exam approved by a state-enacted Athletic Training Licensing Committee.
  • possess an emergency cardiac care certification.
  • pay application fees established by an Athletic Training Licensing Committee. The cost of maintaining that committee would be covered by the licensing fees, West stresses, ensuring no cost to taxpayers.

The following recounts a the efforts of a “Certified Athletic Trainer” who saved a lacrosse players life:

In May 2009, Tommy Mallon was playing in his final high school lacrosse game for Santa Fe Christian in Solana Beach, Calif., when he collided with an opposing player as both were scrambling for a bouncing ball. The hit initially appeared innocuous, yet Mallon felt a slight numbness in the back of his head. While his impulse was to get up and return to the game, Riki Kirchhoff, an onsite certified athletic trainer, refused to let him. Instead, she placed Mallon on a spineboard and had him transported by ambulance to a nearby trauma center.

There, doctors discovered that Mallon’s neck was fractured and that one of his vertebral arteries had been dissected, allowing blood to leak out of the artery and form a dangerous clot. “If he had gotten up and turned his head, he could very well have dropped dead right on the spot,” says Mike West, president of the California Athletic Trainers’ Association. “Athletic trainers save lives; it’s as simple as that.”

Mallon, who underwent months of treatment and therapy, will never play contact sports again. But because a certified athletic trainer saved his life, Mallon and his mother, Beth, have dedicated themselves to ensuring that every high school in the United States has access to a certified athletic trainer through Advocates for Injured Athletes. The organization’s San Diego-based location is noteworthy because California is one of three states that do not even regulate the athletic training profession. (Alaska and Hawaii are the others.)

For more:  http://athleticbusiness.com/articles/article.aspx?articleid=3782&zoneid=33

Lacrosse Injuries: Concussions Can Be “Reduced, Not Eliminated” By Improvements In Helmet Technology According To Recent Studies

“..Since a perfect helmet has not been designed, tested or manufactured, Mihalik said helmets should be judged by the following criteria: They should fit properly. They should weigh as little as possible. And they should be small, comfortable, economical as well as “look good,..”

“behavior modification” such as discouraging players from “leading with the head” when tackling in football could do as much as improved helmet design to avert concussions…”

Improved helmet design has helped reduce concussions in impact sports such as football and hockey, but it may be impossible to design a helmet that completely eliminates them, according to a panel of sports science professors outlining the latest findings.

Helmets “certainly help to mitigate forces that are distributed by impact to the skull and the intracranial cavity and the brain,” said Kevin Guskiewicz, a professor of sports science at North Carolina and an expert on football helmets. “But the brain is still going to move inside that cranial cavity regardless of whether there’s a helmet on or not.”

With improved soft materials inside its hard outer shell, a modern helmet can lessen the effect of a straight-ahead, “linear” impact, but can’t do much to prevent the effects of the head rotating from the impact, Guskiewicz said Monday at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association convention.

 For more: http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/06/21/business-financial-impact-concussions-trainers_8527014.html

Preventing Lacrosse Injuries: “Certified Athetic Trainers” Act As The “Initial Triage For Injury” And Help Save Lives AND Money For Schools And Parents


“The athletic trainer serves as the initial triage for injury. Coaches and administrators acting on their own don’t want to take on that liability.”

Athletic trainers also save their schools, athletes and their families a great deal of time and money each year.

Where there were more athletic trainers, a higher percentage of teens with serious injuries like concussions, fractures and internal injuries were sent to emergency rooms.

Distinct from personal trainers or fitness instructors, certified athletic trainers must have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university to practice and receive specialized training in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of sports-related injury and illness among people of any age.

There are about 6,400 athletic trainers working in secondary schools across the United States, according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), compared with some 18,400 public and private high schools sponsoring interscholastic sports, according to a review of state high school athletic association rolls by Scripps.

High school athletic trainers are more likely to work full time at larger, suburban schools, and they are less common in smaller, rural schools and inner-city schools, according to statistics provided by NATA, which represents about 85 percent of the profession nationwide.

“The bigger schools in our state and probably most states have pretty good access, but we did a survey a couple years ago that found only about 10 percent of our smallest 1A and 2A schools had an athletic trainer full time,” said Mike Carroll, athletic trainer for Stephenville High School in Stephenville, Texas.

Organizations as disparate as the American Medical Association and the North American Booster Club Association endorse having a certified trainer in high schools, but many administrators feel they can’t afford one.

Athletic trainers on school staff typically make about the same salaries as teachers — many do have classroom assignments — but usually receive a bonus for extra hours. The average salary nationally is about $42,400. About a third of high school athletic trainers work for clinics that contract with schools for their services, full or part time.

Most of the nearly 2 million injuries among U.S. high school athletes each year are not life-threatening, but half are serious enough to require medical attention and to keep the athlete off the field for at least one day. Having someone trained to know what requires ice and tape or a 911 call can make all the difference.

Scripps analyzed the most recent five years of data on injuries from sports typically played in high school among 14- to 18-year-olds reported by a national network of emergency rooms to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

For more:  http://www.redding.com/news/2010/sep/04/handled-with-care-n-larger-schools-more-likely/