Ashburn, VA (March 5, 2017) – National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers.
Allowing student-athletes to participate safely in the sport they love is the first priority of athletic trainers. Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who work in the school division’s 15 high schools, delivering medical services to student-athletes.
Athletic Trainers collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. From fall preseason practices until spring postseason competition, LCPS athletic trainers work diligently to care for nearly 11,000 student-athletes.
However, LCPS athletic trainers don’t just provide coverage during games, waiting for an injury to happen. They are in the athletic training room performing evaluations, taping and bracing injured student-athletes, completing baseline and post-injury concussion testing, providing physicals to ensure good health, promoting proper nutrition, hygiene and hydration, working with Emergency Medical Services, assisting with off-season conditioning programs, combing through injury data, as well as other services. They provide individualized treatment for particular medical conditions.
Their services are not just for our student-athletes.
There is an aspect of healthcare education when working in a high school. Many student-athletes, parents, coaches, teachers and administrators are not aware of constant changes in medicine, science and technology. LCPS athletic trainers keep their knowledge up-to-date so that they can help care for student-athletes and educate those involved with their health and safety.
For more information, please visit the LCPS Athletic Training website here.