Sports Medicine and Athletic Training is the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur to athletes and the physically active.
Prevention is the primary goal of Sports Medicine. It consists of designing and implementing conditioning programs, facilities assessments to ensure safe environments for play, application of preventative taping and bracing, administration of fluids, and counseling and education for athletes and coaches, just to name a few.
In the case that an injury occurs, members of the Sports Medicine Program (Licensed Athletic Trainers) can assess the extent of an injury, perform appropriate first aid procedures, and recommend the injured athlete pursue further appropriate medical care if necessary. Once a thorough assessment is done, the necessary treatments and/or rehabilitation can be performed to facilitate a safe and productive return to the sports activity. These treatments may consist of many different treatment techniques, such as: ice, heat, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and therapeutic exercises.
Student Athletic Trainers assist the Licensed Athletic Trainer in all aspects of Sports Medicine. Some of these duties include:
- Cleaning & organization of the sports medicine facilities.
- Preparing and maintaining practice and/or game sites to include water coolers, ice chests, water bottles, towels, medical equipment, etc.
- Assisting in the application of preventative taping, bandaging, and bracing.
- Assisting in the first aid, treatment, and rehabilitation of injured athletes.
- Assisting coaches, players, and staff with various duties during practices and games.
Student athletic trainers can also:
- Earn a “Letter Jacket”
- Learn skills related to a career in the medical field.
- Gain practical hands-on experiences working in a first class high school sports medicine facility providing healthcare services to the athletes at Jesuit High School.
- Develop relationships with coaches, players, and other student trainers.
- Participate with exciting sports programs.
- Earn college scholarships.
- Participate in “Student Trainer Workshop” opportunities to receive additional education by attending summer athletic training camps.
The success of the sports medicine staff and ultimately the entire athletic program depends on the punctuality, discipline, work ethic, and the responsibilities and duties of the sports medicine staff.