Athletics are back in full swing and EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region’s highly skilled and knowledgeable athletic training staff are back to keeping our sports enthusiasts strong.
Find out more about exactly what athletic trainers do, and how they can help you reach your sports training goals.
We also take a look at how our ATs help evaluate, prevent, and treat a wide scope of sports-related injuries and conditions (and so much more).
Athletic Training Profession: What ATs Do
The scope of athletic training is broad, while also requiring extensive training and multiple skill sets. Athletic trainers are required to have a baccalaureate degree or master’s degree from an accredited institution. According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), 70% of ATs have a master’s degree.
Their accumulative education experience and clinical training allows athletic trainers to offer patients:
- Evaluation and Diagnosis
Athletic trainers evaluate and diagnose a variety of injuries and conditions. And, while these are often sports-related, they do not have to be—athletic trainers are skilled and practiced in evaluating general orthopedic injuries and conditions. They also provide a diverse selection of evaluations which include pre-participation physical exams, musculoskeletal flexibility assessments, body composition assessments, and more.
- Injury and Illness Prevention
NATA reports that ATs spend 50% of their time providing patients with preventative health care. This can include assisting patients with physical therapy exercises and stretches, taping, bracing, and more strategies for helping to protect athletes (on and off the field, court, track, etc.).
- Emergency Care
ATs can provide emergency care for a number of issues including, but not limited to: Acute musculoskeletal injuries, asthma attacks, allergic reactions, diabetic emergencies, heat strokes, concussions and more.
- Treatment and Rehabilitation
ATs address issues that involve the knee, shoulder, hip, ankle, elbow, and more, helping to restore function and mobility. They can offer a broad spectrum of treatments which include, but are not limited to manual therapies such as joint mobilization and massage; special exercises to improve endurance and strength; biofeedback; hot and cold packs, and more.
Our athletic trainers also have a background in orthopedics. No matter your training goals, our team of athletic trainers strive to provide personalized, integrative orthopedic treatment and guidance.
In addition to performing precision assessments, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention services, certified athletic trainers must also be proficient in the following areas:
- General Medical Conditions and Disabilities
- Therapeutic Modalities
- Behavioral Health Intervention and Referral
- Nutritional Aspects of Injuries and Illnesses
- Health Care Administration
- Professional Development and Responsibilities.
Birds Eye View of What EmergeOrtho ATs Do
EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region athletic trainers work closely within area schools within the community providing the previously mentioned services listed above. In addition, our ATs interact with students and coaches to address patient safety issues and identify individualized patient safety goals.
While helping athletes Emerge Stronger. Healthier. Better.—we are also committed to injury prevention and ensuring optimal safety at all times, including our current pause on organized sporting activities.
Our ATs work with the following Triangle Region High Schools:
- Leesville High School
- Wakefield High School
- Heritage High School
- Voyager Academy
- South Johnston High School
- Corinth Holders High School
- Green Hope High School
- Smithfield-Selma High School
Meet EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region ATs
We are proud to introduce you to our Triangle Region ATs:
- Brandon Sherrell, MA, ATC, LAT, PES
- Jordan Blake, LAT, ATC
- Megan Pendergraft, LAT, ATC
- Liz Cadwallader, LAT, ATC
- Kelly McLaughlin, DPT, ATC, Cert. MDT
- Kendra Rost, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS
- Bill Coburn, ATC
- Anne Benton, LAT, ATC
- Trish Bare Grounds, LAT, ATC
- Mike Guerrero, LAT, ATC
- August Howerton, MBA, LAT, ATC
- Teresa Elliott, MMS, PA-C, ATC
- Deborah M Prouse PA-C, ATC
If you would like to learn more about our EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region Athletic Training Program, how to establish or improve patient safety goals, or are ready to meet one of our athletic trainers, call us any time at 919-220-5255. Or, schedule a consultation now.