EMMC and Local High Schools Work Together to Fill a Need for Athletic Trainers On and Off the Field

03/24/2016

(Bangor, Maine) — Athletic trainers play an important role in school athletic programs as the first healthcare professionals to respond when there is an injury. During National Athletic Training Month, Orono High School and EMMC Sports Health are highlighting the work of athletic trainers in the prevention, treatment, and recovery of injuries.

Athletic trainers have become increasingly common in schools. Many high schools in Greater Bangor utilize athletic trainers, including Orono High School, which contracts with EMMC Sports Health for athletic training services. 

“Athletic trainers provide the best on site medical attention, along with timely and appropriate care that gets our athletes back to the playing surface with personal safety as the number one priority,” explains Mike Archer, athletic director at Orono High School. “Our coaches turn to our athletic trainer for training guidelines, drills, and off season training programs.”  

Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician, and are specifically trained to work with athletes of all ages in a variety of settings. In the high school setting, they are available at practices and athletic events. This allows them to provide immediate service to injured athletes, and educate students about proper nutrition and safe exercise regimens that could potentially help them stay healthier throughout their lives. 

“The communication from the athletic trainer to our athletes, coaches, parents, teachers, and opponents is critical,” Mike adds. “It provides everyone with the information that is needed to get the student athlete back to their regular academic and athletic regimen. I have always felt that our athletes get better care and are better prepared physically because of the work of our athletic trainers.”

Athletic trainers coordinate a comprehensive approach to care that is geared toward athletes. Previously, coaches, administrators, or volunteers may have provided these services. The increase of athletic trainers in schools improves safety and helps student athletes achieve their greatest potential.

“Athletic trainers are usually the first ones to evaluate an injury, make a referral and return to play decisions, and organize treatment and rehabilitation plans to get an athlete back as quickly and safely as possible,” says JP Stowe, ATC, certified athletic trainer at EMMC Sports Health. “Some may think we focus on taping ankles and handing out ice bags, but this is only a very small part of what we do.” 
National Athletic Training Month is held every March to spread awareness of athletic trainers and the importance they play in athletes lives.

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