Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists Celebrates National Athletic Training Month - ATs are Health Care

Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists Celebrates National Athletic Training Month - ATs are Health Care

Created on: Friday, March 01, 2019
Author: Sarah Moeschter, ATC; Jill Michel, ATC

As Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists, part of Allina Health recognizes National Athletic Training Month, we wanted to take a moment to review some fine points of the athletic training profession. 

“Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes.” - National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)

Job Settings: College/University, Professional Sports, Secondary School, Rehabilitation Centers, Military, Occupational Health, Performing Arts, Physician Practice and Public Safety. 
Education: All athletic trainers must attend and graduate from an accredited institution. Athletic Trainers were able to obtain their athletic training degree through an undergraduate program until recently where it will be required to have a graduate degree in athletic training. Once graduated, all athletic trainers must sit for the national Board of Certification Examination.
Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists, part of Allina Health has utilized athletic trainers in the clinical setting for almost 20 years. Today, we employ over 50 athletic trainers who provide clinical support to the orthopedic and sports medicine providers at Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists as well as other orthopedic providers within Allina Health. These athletic trainers work with our primary care sports medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons and physician assistants to improve efficiency and productivity. As a patient, the athletic trainers will help you throughout your appointment. This may include: rooming, reviewing pertinent medical history, performing an evaluation, placing orders, triage and general education about your office visit.  
Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists also employs athletic trainers who work with our outreach schools, clubs and organizations. They provide after school coverage for athletes on a daily basis as well as event coverage for the contracted sports & activities. You can see these athletic trainers at sporting events on the sideline or the athletic training room in the high school.  Our outreach athletic trainers support these schools & organizations with top of the line orthopedic care.
Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists covers a wide variety of local high schools and colleges, including Minnetonka High School, Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Thomas Academy, Columbia Heights High School, Providence Academy, and Macalester College. They also provide coverage for a variety of clubs as well, including Northern Lights Volleyball, TAGS & North Shore Gymnastics, and are very involved in the rugby community with Metropolis, Amazons, and Valkyrie Rugby Clubs.
For more information about athletic training, please visit 
NATA. (n.d.). Retrieved March 19, 2018, from

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