This year’s National Athletic Training Month (NATM) theme is “Athletic Trainers Impact Health Care Through Action.” There are many ways that athletic trainers do this every day in the communities where they live and work, including by providing education and support to minimize the risk of injury for their athletes.
In celebration of NATM, take this quiz to see how much you know about the ways athletic trainers work to minimize injury risk.
Strengthening the muscles surrounding the knee, core, hip and lower leg can help improve mechanics with sport-specific tasks. Your athletic trainer can provide recommendations for strength and conditioning exercises and/or programs to help you minimize injury risk and optimize your performance.
The NATA supports the following recommendations as they relate to the health and well-being of adolescent and young athletes: 1) Delay Specializing in a Single Sport as Long as Possible 2) One Team at a Time 3) Less Than Eight Months Per Year 4) No More Hours/Week Than Age in Years 5) Two Days of Rest Per Week 6) Rest and Recovery Time from Organized Sport Participation
Your athletic trainer will typically recommend warming up with dynamic stretches prior to activity. Dynamic stretching is also known as “active stretching” where the muscle is being moved through its range and usually this is a range needed for the activity after the warm-up.
Hair should always be wet when fitting a helmet. It is important that helmets are fitted properly to ensure maximum protection. When in doubt, athletes can ask their athletic trainer for assistance in choosing the right helmet.
The best way to protect yourself from exertional heat injury is to be educated on ways to prevent it in the first place. Your athletic trainer can provide education on how to maintain hydration levels as well as other tips to minimize the risk of heat illness during practices and games.