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Athletic Trainers Honored By Carroll County Mayor

4/2/2012

The Bethel University Athletic Training staff recently received a Proclamation by Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride declaring March as Athletic Training Month in Carroll County. 

     Bethel University Athletic Trainers provide prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities to all student-athletes on campus.

     Every Athletic Trainer on staff at Bethel University has a bachelor’s degree and most have received their master’s degree. All Athletic Trainers have passed a rigorous national exam with an average of a 45% pass rate according to NATA-BOC. All Athletic Trainers also hold a state license and a national certification in order to practice. In addition to these qualifications they are required to perform 25 hours a year of continuing education credit to stay current with the changing healthcare environment in which they practice.

Each Athletic Trainer is assigned to specific sports within the university. These sports are assigned based on their risk of injury. All sports are assigned to them based on data collected by various sources around the nation and released by the National Athletic Trainers Association which provides recommendations of appropriate athletic coverage for Colleges and Universities around the nation.

     To promote Athletic Training Month in Carroll County, Bethel Athletic Trainers spoke to high school groups and conducted emergency landing training with AirEvac units. They will also host a coaches clinic this June.

     Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.

     For more information on Athletic Training please visit www.NATA.com