Highlight on the Athletic Trainers

Highlight on the Athletic Trainers

Christine Chmielewski, ATC/L discuses the athletic trainer's role in the sports medicine team.

You have probably witnessed an athletic trainer at work, but did not even realize it. That person who ran out onto the football field when a player was down with an injury was most likely an athletic trainer. Recognized by the American Medical Association as allied healthcare professionals, athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, assessment, immediate care, and rehabilitation of injuries that occur from physical activity. The certified athletic trainer is an integral part of the sports medicine team.

The education of an athletic trainer involves obtaining a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in athletic training. Formal education includes anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, emergency medicine, injury prevention and rehabilitation, taping and bracing, strength and conditioning, nutrition, and psychology. The athletic trainer must pass a national board exam to become certified, and many states require licensure. Athletic trainers must continue to adhere to a code of ethics and complete continuing education to maintain certification

Athletic trainers can be found anywhere people are physically active. This includes high schools, colleges, professional sports, hospitals and clinics, in the military, law enforcement, physician offices, and the performing arts, among others. The athletic trainers in the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital AllSports Program possess the strong educational background and experience to benefit today’s active adolescent population. Our ATs are competent, confident, and caring. They have strong relationships with the physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons ensuring the best possible care for the athletic population. They also engage in community outreach through educational seminars and workshops.

Our team of Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Athletic Trainers is available to provide education to athletes, parents, and coaches on:

  • Injury prevention and instruct in injury prevention programs
  • Resources to keep athletes safe during play
  • As well as Treatment of acute and chronic athletic injuries with available on the field coverage of community and school athletic events

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Pediatric Sports Medicine

  • Learn more about the Sports Medicine program at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

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