Who are Certified Athletic Trainers?
Certified Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals recognized by the American Medical Association, or AMA. Not to be confused with personal or fitness trainers, a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) works on the front lines of athletic events, providing everything from injury prevention to emergency care to clinical diagnosis.
The roles of the Certified Athletic Trainer and Sports Medicine Staff, at Walnut High School, are as follows:
- Immediate care to on-field athletic injuries.
- Recognition and evaluation of athletic injuries and general medical conditions that enter the Athletic Training Clinic.
- Providing accurate medical referrals to physicians.
- Preventative taping, wrapping, bracing, and padding of injured areas to the student-athlete.
- Communicating to coaches on injuries and status of student-athlete's condition.
- Managing whether the student-athlete is safe to return to the athletic program.
- Serving as a liaison between physicians, coaches, parents and athletes.
- Maintaining all forms and reports related to athletic injuries, rehabilitation and physician’s clearance.
- Availability at athletic practices, home games, and specified away games.