Athletic trainers play important role in health care community.
March is National Athletic Trainers Month, and Palmetto Health encourages community members to learn the importance of athletic trainers for a safer approach to work, life and sport.
Pictured: Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center trainers pose at River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina.
Athletic trainers work in high school and collegiate athletics, the military, industrial settings, physical therapy clinics and with performing arts. Palmetto Health employs athletic trainers across its health care system.
“We work alongside physicians to make sure patients are taken care of in the orthopedic office on a daily basis, in the operating room, and in clinical administration,” said Kevin Herod, Sports Medicine Manager at Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center.
According to the National Athletic Trainers Association, an estimated 3.8 million concussions occur each year as a result of sport and physical activity. However, athletic trainers have concussion training and the presence of an athletic trainer on the field increases the chances of a concussion being diagnosed, which is critical in avoiding long term recovery and the risk of permanent brain damage.
“Athletic trainers are on the sidelines and can recognize the symptoms to assist with concussions,” said Jason Wimberly, manager of Athletic Training at Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center. “Athletic trainers learn the personalities of their athletes which is critical when diagnosing a concussion. They build relationships with their athletes on a daily basis to notice when something is not right.”
Here are a few tips about athletic trainers that community members should be aware of:
For more information about Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center, visit phuscorthocenter.org.