Dr. Martin's notes

Tuesday October 4, 2016

Doctor's Responsibilities
1. Watch - Observe the actions at games. Make note if changes need to be made.
2. Treat - Provide treatment for major injuries. Evaluate all injuries for life threatening problems.
( Life Threatening = Head trauma, fractures & Spinal injuries)
3. Report - Provide proper documentation of injuries to school, parents, and school nurse and for student file.
4. Disqualification - Remove athlete from competition if injury is severe or will receive additional damage.

Health care professionals from many disciplines are involved in the care of the athlete.
Athlete's Circle of Care

Those individuals involved in the care of the athlete:

Team Doctor
A physician specializing in sports medicine who helps the athlete maximize function and minimize time away from the sport

Doctor of Chiropractic
A Chiropractor is a health specialist who provides conservative management of neuromuscular disorders and functional clinical conditions.Chiropractic doctors can perform any care that does not include drugs or surgery.

Family Doctor
The primary physician involved in the athlete's care. Family doctors have the athlete's complete history and are in a better position than team doctors to supervise long-term care.

Certified Athletic Trainer
The Athletic Trainer is often the first person to treat athletic injuries. It is their responsibility to report injuries and maintain rehabilitation records of injured athletes. The Athletic Trainer must maintain the training room for daily use.

Physician Assistant
The physician assistant (PA) works interdependently with a physician to provide diagnostic and therapeutic care.

Physical Therapist
The physical therapist (PT) is responsible for performing passive treatments such as therapeutic exercises, hydrotherapy, and electrotherapy.
Physical Therapy Assistant
The physical therapy assistant (PTA) works with physical therapists, assisting in the development of treatment plans for injured patients.

Massage Therapist
The massage therapist works with physicians, nurses, and physical therapists to promote health and healing and to help manage stress.

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists
A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) designs and implements safe and effective strength and conditioning programs. (NSCA-CPT) A National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) designs and implements safe and effective strength and conditioning programs for individual clients.

Sports Nutritionist
The sports nutritionist designs special diets capable of enhancing athletic performance. Proper diet can result in better performance.

Sports Psychologist
The sports psychologist works with athletes who are recovering from serious injury, giving emotional support and helping with goal-setting and motivation.

The Role of Health Care Providers in the Athlete's Circle of Care
The primary role of the health care providers involved in the care of athletes is to promote lifelong fitness and wellness, and to encourage prevention of illness and injury.

The Role of Parents in the Athlete's Circle of Care
Parents should maintain open communication with the athletic training staff regarding injury risk, athletic development, proper nutrition, and treatment of injuries.

What is an athletic Trainer?
Read Chapter 2 in your book

Athletic training is the rendering of specialized care to individuals involved in exercise and athletics.

The need for athletic trainers has never been greater, mostly due to Title IX giving equality to female sports events.

Galen (who worked with Hippocrates) is known as the the first AT because he assisted gladiators in their rehabilitiation from injuries.

Athletic Trainers are classified as Allied Health Professionals. To become certified, you take a test from the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) after you have completed the required hours of classroom training.

The athlete's BILL OF RIGHTS is the guideline for care of athletes.