Sports Medicine Program
What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled healthcare professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a team physician, in accordance with their education, training, and the state's statutes and regulations. As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a significant difference in the education, skillset, job duties, and qualifications as health care providers. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program and must pass a comprehensive certification exam by the Board of Certification (BOC). Once certified, he or she must meet ongoing continuing education requirements to remain certified. Athletic trainers must also work in collaboration with a supervising physician and within their state practice act. Florida Athletic Trainers are licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health – Division of Medical Quality Assurance
Why do High Schools Need Athletic Trainers?
It is imperative to every student athlete’s health and safety to have an Athletic Trainer in every high school. An Athletic Trainer is a licensed and certified healthcare professional in the state of Florida that are skilled in the areas of injury prevention, care, and rehabilitation. Athletic Trainers are qualified to respond to such events as sudden cardiac arrest, heat exhaustion or stroke, and severe head/neck trauma. Athletic Trainers work with a team physician and at times with physical therapist with return to play situations post injury that should left to coaches and other staff that do not have the proper medical education and training.
Fletcher Sports Medicine Team strives to provide the best quality health care to the student athlete population through injury prevention, immediate care, and injury rehabilitation. The domains we will practice under are as follow
Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion
Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis
Immediate and Emergency Care
Healthcare Administration and Professional Responsibility
Fletcher Sports Medicine Program shall strive to use evidence-based best practices to provide injury prevention, immediate care, and rehabilitation services to our student athletes within the Athletic Department.