The Athletic Trainer’s Role in the Physician Setting and Outreach Sporting Events

The Athletic Trainer’s Role in the Physician Setting and Outreach Sporting Events

Created on: Monday, April 17, 2017
Author: Andrea Stelter, MS, ATC

As National Athletic Training Month came to a close on March 31, we took a few moments to reflect on the contributions of our athletic trainers to Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists, as well as our outreach sporting events including the stretcher crew for Minnesota United FC. 
Athletic trainers in the physician practice
Athletic trainers’ acquired skills and knowledge in the orthopedic and sports medicine fields effectively translate to treating patients in the clinical setting. These skill-sets are vital in the clinical setting, adding value to the practice by triaging patient needs, helping patients move effectively and efficiently through appointments, physical examinations, evaluation and treatment processes. Having a complete understanding of orthopedic injuries and confidence in evaluation skills makes athletic trainers at Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists indispensable to our physicians. Our athletic trainers’ current roles in clinic include the following:
- Obtain problem focused medical history of patients
- Complete problem focused physical exams
- Present exam and history findings to physicians 
- Prepare injections per physician’s orders
- Documentation of patient visits and appropriate medical orders
- Fitting of Durable Medical Equipment
- Patient education regarding their injuries or plan of care per physician’s request
- Ordering of diagnostic tests per physician’s request
- Assist in patient post-operative care
Athletic Trainers in the Outreach Setting
The traditional work setting for athletic trainers has been found on the sidelines at sporting events at various levels of competition including club, high school, collegiate and professional levels. A number of our certified athletic trainers continue to provide care in the outreach settings through injury prevention, examination, evaluation and management of acute and chronic injuries. Currently, Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists provides athletic training outreach coverage to: 
- Minnesota United FC
- Minnesota Twins Training Academy
- Macalester College
- Anoka-Ramsey Community College
- Columbia Heights High school
- Cretin-Derham Hall
- Minnetonka High School
- Orono High School
- St. Paul Academy
- St. Thomas Academy
- Totino Grace High school
- Visitation school
- Wayzata High school
- Providence Academy
- Metropolis Rugby Football Club
- Twin Cities Amazons Rugby Club
- Northern Lights Junior Olympics Volleyball
- North Shore Gymnastics
- TAGS Gymnastics 
Minnesota United FC Stretcher crew
Spine boarding and proper management of spine and acute injuries is another specific proficiency of certified athletic trainers. Several of our athletic trainers have been part of the Minnesota United FC stretcher crew. The stretcher crew has served as a vital part of the emergency action plan for Minnesota United FC games. Emergency action plans (EAP) are developed by an organization in consultation with local emergency medical services. Did you know that an EAP is reviewed and rehearsed annually? An EAP involves heavy and thorough planning by a team of healthcare providers including team physicians, EMT, and certified athletic trainers. 
We are very proud of our SAOS certified athletic trainers who partake in multiple settings caring for athletes, patients and overall active community. If you are a current or incoming patient, you will likely encounter one of our certified athletic trainers at your next clinic visit! 
Andrea Stelter, MS, ATC is an Athletic Trainer with Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists and has worked in multiple settings including Division I collegiate sports and the industrial setting including MSP Delta Airlines. 

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