If your kids are college athletes, more than likely, the answer to that question is the athletic trainer.
March is National Athletic Training Month, organized by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), a not-for-profit organization based in Dallas, Texas, to highlight the importance and value of athletic trainers to patients, clients and athletes.
Although most of us are familiar with the athletic trainer rushing to the aid of an injured athlete, the fact is that these men and women perform much wider duties in their day-to-day work. They are unique health care professionals who work in a variety of settings and with all kinds of people — not just athletes. They can be found just about anywhere that people are physically active and are experts in injury prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.
In college athletics alone, they spend countless hours working with their athletes. Athletic trainers must be present for team practices and games, which are often in the evenings and on weekends, and their schedules can change on short notice when games and practices are rescheduled. As a result, athletic trainers may work 6 or 7 days per week, including late hours, on a regular basis.
For more information: National Athletic Trainers Association