March is National Athletic Training Month

The National Athletic Trainers Association designated March as “National Athletic Training Month” to recognize Athletic Trainers and their role in providing quality care for athletes. This month was created to ensure the quality of health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity and to advance the profession of athletic training through education, research and prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries. This year’s theme is “Injury Treatment: Early Care Speedy Recovery.”

Educating the public on the importance of Athletic Trainer’s roles in sports, schools, corporate, the military and on important health care issues is necessary. New York Liberty Athletic Trainer, Lisa White, stated “Athletic Trainers do more than just tape ankles and hand out water. We are in the health care profession. This month is set forth to help the public understand the role of an Athletic Trainer.” recently sat down with White and asked her a little about her job with the organization.

Q: When did you first know that you wanted to become and athletic trainer?
LW: “I was introduced to athletic training my freshman year in college at Stony Brook University. Up to that point, I did not know what an AT was. I played on the basketball team there and learned what the profession was all about and I knew immediately that’s what I wanted to do.”

Q: For those fans that don’t know what athletic training is all about, can you explain what the job entails?
LW: “Athletic training is the care, prevention, and rehabilitation of athletic related injuries. The most important aspect is prevention. If you can prevent an injury from happening, you make your job easy.”

Q: What are some examples of how we can prevent certain injuries?
LW: “Examples of trying to prevent injuries can be taping or bracing your ankles before playing, properly warming up and stretching your muscles before and after activity, and properly treating injuries when they occur.”

Q: As an Athletic Trainer, what has been the most challenging injury you have been faced with?
LW: “I would have to say that dealing with concussions has been the most challenging. When you treat someone that has had a head injury, you have to monitor them and look for various signs and symptoms that occur following the injury. It is not like dealing with a sprained ankle where you see swelling and try to regain range of motion. You also cannot predict when someone will be ready to return from a concussion.”

Q: What are the important requirements of recovering from an injury?
LW: “When recovering from an injury, it is important to remember that no two injuries are exactly alike. It can take one person 5 days to recover from an injury and another person 2 weeks to recover from what one might think is the same injury. It is also important to start treatments and rehabilitation immediately. I also believe that if the athlete is educated about their particular injury, it helps them understand the steps that need to be taken to recover. That is why I always explain what happened to them and then what we are going to do to treat it.”

Q: What has been the best recovery an athlete of yours has made?
LW: “I once had an athlete dislocate a shoulder and return to play in a game 2 days later.”

Q: What do you enjoy most about being an athletic trainer and a member of the Liberty organization?
LW: “I enjoy working with athletes that are motivated and want to win. Our organization is first class and dedicated to winning. We all work hard and enjoy what we do. It is important to remember that working can be fun!”