Winnacunnet High School
Our Athletic Trainer is Chantal Filiau, ATC, NHLAT. You may contact her by email, phone or fax.
Her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 603-758-9313 Fax: 603-929-7296
What Is An Athletic Trainer?
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a health care profession.
*This definition is approved by the NATA's nomenclature work group and the NATA Board of Directors, January 2013.
Athletic trainers are usually one of the first healthcare providers on the scene when an injury occurs. They apply protective or injury-preventive devices such as tape, bandages, and braces. ATs recognize and evaluate injuries as well as providing first aid or emergency care. They implement rehabilitation and comprehensive programs to prevent and manage injuries/illness from athletics. In addition to spending time covering the athletic events, they do administrative tasks, such as keeping records and writing reports on injuries as well as referring injured athletes out for further medical care if needed.
To become a certified athletic trainer, a student must graduate with a bachelors or master’s degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification. Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. Athletic trainers must also work under the direction of a physician and according to the state practice guidelines and regulations by which they are licensed.
Athletic training is often confused with personal training. There is, however, a significant difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. Athletic trainers provide physical medicine, rehabilitative and preventative services and do not train people as personal/fitness trainers do.