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Study Shows That More Pennsylvania High Schools Have Licensed Athletic Trainers
HARRISBURG, March 7, 2012 – March is recognized as “National Athletic Training Month” in Pennsylvania as well as across the country and athletic trainers in PA can certainly have something to be proud of. The percentage of Pennsylvania Secondary Schools who have access to professional quality health care provided by a Licensed Athletic Trainer (AT) at the school has risen from 81% during the 2010-2011 academic year to 86% during the current 2011- 2012 academic year. This translates to an increase of 36 more schools with access to ATs. This marks a significant commitment by school districts to insure student-athletes have proper on-site healthcare despite challenging economic times.
According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, only 42% of high schools across the county have access to ATs demonstrating that the athletes’ welfare takes precedence within the Commonwealth. Schools are realizing the need for the special training and qualifications of a Licensed Athletic Trainer and recognizing that having ATs on-site is the standard of care necessary. The need for quality health care for student-athletes has always been present; however with recent legislative focus in the state on many sports health issues including care for concussions, sudden cardiac death, Automatic External Defibrillates (AEDs), the need for immediate access to health care is increasingly being met by athletic trainers.
The highest percentage of schools having access to a Licensed Athletic Trainer can be found in PIAA Districts 8 and 11 with 100% of schools reporting such access. The lowest percentage is in District 12 with 64% of schools reporting their student-athletes have access to health care at their schools by a Licensed Athletic Trainer.
Parent groups also know the benefits and necessity of having athletic trainers. MomsTeam, a national organization founded by Brooke de Lench in 2000 is dedicated to one primary mission: “to make sure that youth sports are safe, affordable, stress free and more fun!” The MomsTeam website www.MomsTeam.com has over 10,000 + pages of information and videos for youth sports parents and has become the most trusted resource of sports parenting information.
MomsTeam has long advocated that parents have the right to have a certified athletic trainer (AT) on staff of their child’s team. They have developed a video that strongly encourages ALL schools to have an athletic trainer which can be viewed here: http://ow.ly/9uACw Brooke de Lench, reports “an AT is so important that he or she should be the next hire after the head coach.” She further states, “The AT often sees the athlete on a daily basis, and thus has the opportunity to establish a trusting relationship in which the athletes become more comfortable in reporting injuries.”
The increase in access to athletic trainers comes on the heels of the recent passage of licensure for athletic trainers which made Pennsylvania the fortieth (40th) state to pass licensure. Licensed Athletic Trainers work under the direction of physicians in the Commonwealth to protect and enhance the health and welfare of our clients through prevention, recognition, management, and rehabilitation of injuries. Schools that do not have the professional services of athletic trainers will often rely on non-medical personnel such as coaches and administrators to make the health care decisions.
The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) is a progressive organization of health care professionals who work under the direction of a licensed physician. PATS represents approximately 3000 Licensed Athletic Trainers and
Athletic Training Students in Pennsylvania. This is currently the largest number of Athletic Trainers (ATs) of any state in the nation. Further, Pennsylvania boasts one of the highest numbers of accredited Athletic Training Education Programs in the nation (20).
PATS President, Greg Janik, MS, ATC, LAT Kings College
133 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Phone: 610.496.4192 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.gopats.org
MomsTeam Founder, Brooke de Lench E-Mail: email@example.com Web: www.MomsTeam.com