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Book Recommendations for Athletic Trainers

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Take A Book Break

Six Book Recommendations for Athletic Trainers

If there’s one thing that all athletic trainers have, it’s free time… Ok, maybe you could detect a bit of sarcasm there. In fact, with the long hours, high expectations, and pressures from coaches, parents, and administrators, ATs have to manage a variety of stresses every day. In order to avoid burnout and stay on top of your mental health, it’s important that you take advantage of what free time you do have to rest, recharge, and engage your mind.

One great way to do so is by reading. More than just a fun way to pass the time, reading has been shown to sharpen your mind, boost your mental health, and even increase your tolerance for uncertainty. And while you might not imagine that the “Athletic Training” section occupies that large of a chunk of the Dewey Decimal system, there are countless books that can help you stay up to date in your field and motivated in your career. From practical information to athletic inspiration, here are six books to pick up during your off-hours recommended by ATs on Twitter!

Quick Questions

Quick Questions

The “Quick Questions” Series, edited by Eric L. Sauers

From ankle sprains to heat-related illnesses to concussions, each volume of this series offers brief, yet comprehensive answers to a variety of frequently asked clinical questions surrounding a particular type of athletic injury. The series, which is co-published by Slack Incorporated and NATA, sources from experts in each field who back up their responses with the current research. Written in a conversational tone and covering a cavalcade of questions within each topic, these volumes make for the perfect reference to keep on hand at your facility or to peruse at home to stay up to date on the latest advancements.

“The Brave Athlete,” by Simon Marshall, Ph.D., and Lesley Paterson

The Brave Athlete

The Brave Athlete

The world of athletic mindset literature revolves around the idea of optimization. How can you enhance your mental toughness in order to push yourself to your greatest potential? The solutions these books provide often follow a sort of no-nonsense approach to improvement: accept responsibility, stop making excuses, and put in the work. While there’s nothing wrong with this simple philosophy, the problem is that the mental challenges that athletes — especially young athletes — face in today’s world are much more varied and complex than just how can I be better? Luckily, “The Brave Athlete” fills in the gaps. Written by sports psychology expert Dr. Simon Marshall and world-champion triathlete and coach Lesley Paterson, the book lays out mental skills for athletes plagued by questions such as “other athletes seem tougher and happier than me,” “I don’t cope well with injury,” and “I don’t handle pressure well.” Especially if you work with college or youth athletes, this is ideal reading to provide you with the mental health tools you need to assist your patients.

A Still Quiet Place for Athletes

A Still Quiet Place for Athletes

“A Still Quiet Place For Athletes,” by Amy Saltzman, M.D.

Given the fast-paced and frenetic nature of 21st-century society, it’s no wonder that mindfulness has exploded in popularity in recent years, offering individuals from all walks of life the opportunity to take a breath, recharge, and improve their stress management. The benefits of the practice extend far beyond decreased anxiety, however. The world’s best athletes have long-understood that being able to be still and observe your thoughts and physical sensations can help you achieve the ideal mindset for success. That’s what makes this workbook from holistic physician and longtime athlete Amy Saltzman such an essential addition to the library of any athlete or athletic trainer. By guiding them into that “still, quiet place,” Saltzman helps athletes better engage with their physical training, pain, injury, and fatigue. So whether you’re looking to help your patients or improve your own mental skill set, go ahead and add this one to your wishlist!

Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook

Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook

“Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook,” by Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D.

As we’ve covered before, a nutritious diet is an essential element of any healthy athlete’s routine. And while every athlete should ideally have access to a sports dietician, in reality that’s often not the case, so it’s important for athletic trainers to have some basic knowledge regarding proper nutrition. The sheer abundance of books on sports nutrition is overwhelming, so to make things easy, we’ll recommend just this one, from renowned sports dietician (and team nutritionist for the Boston Red Sox) Nancy Clark. Offering basic concepts, recommendations, and meal plans for athletes of all levels and types, Clark can help you understand how to modify your patients’ diet in order to improve their performance, manage their stress, and increase their energy. Plus, ATs will be happy to see how meticulously researched and cited the volume is, allowing you to easily access the studies she drew from in order to review her conclusions yourself.

Eleven Seconds

Eleven Seconds

“Eleven Seconds,” by Travis Roy

Absent the scientific education and expertise of the other titles on this list, “Eleven Seconds” offers another key element of career improvement: inspiration. The haunting title refers to the entire timespan of Travis Roy’s collegiate hockey career. Having dreamt throughout his childhood of playing hockey for Boston University, Roy finally got his chance in October of 1995, but 11 seconds into his first shift, he plunged headfirst into the boards, cracked his fourth vertebra, and became paralyzed from the neck down. What followed was a long, long road of rehabilitation, as Roy struggled to make sense of his new life — and wondered if it was even worth living. Through perseverance, humor, and a whole lot of introspection, Travis manages to find meaning in the road ahead and to learn to still love sports even though he’ll never play them again. Being familiar with the pain and anxiety that often accompanies the recovery process, ATs will draw inspiration and energy from Travis’s impossible story.

What Made Maddy Run

What Made Maddy Run

HEALTHY ROSTER’S PICK: “What Made Maddy Run,” by Kate Fagan

Mental health is quickly becoming one of the most important topics in sports and in education. Our Chief Technology Officer, Shawn Price, recently read What Made Maddy Run, and he recommends it to anyone invested in the health and wellbeing of student-athletes nationwide:

“We are in the midst of a mental health crisis and there’s no place that’s more clear than on college campuses. Sports can be tremendously helpful when growing a young athlete’s sense of self, but when that identity is challenged at the college level it has the potential to compound all of the normal mental health issues the college experience can trigger. Mental Health should be at the forefront of anyone’s mind who regularly interacts with athletes. “What Made Maddy Run” really brings that point home by telling the real life story of an all-American girl who struggles with, and ultimately loses, that battle.” - Shawn Price

Have any titles to add to the list? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us @HealthyRoster!

Athletic Trainer Twitter Roundup: #NATM2019

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AT Twitter Roundup

National Athletic Training Month 2019

Has your bracket been busted past recovery? Need something to cheer you up? Well, we have just the thing! In addition to being the month of Madness, March was National Athletic Training Month, which was celebrated this year with the slogan “ATs Are Health Care.” As we all know, ATs are also quite Twitter savvy, so as a final hurrah, we’re rounding up some of the most insightful, heartfelt, and hilarious #NATM2019 tweets from the past few weeks. Retweet away!

Throughout the month, we remembered that ATs Are Health Care across a variety of settings, from the military:

…to the ballet:

…to NASA.

It was a month of recognition, with athletes recognizing the athletic trainers that support them:

…ATs recognizing the athletes that make their job so rewarding:

… and even lawmakers recognizing the importance of the AT profession:

We took notice of the ATs behind the scenes at our favorite March sporting event:

… and learned that some ATs are quite literally watching over us from above:

Some ATs joked about the hectic calendars that come with each new season:

… while others made use of what free time they do have to continue their lifelong learning:

We highlighted key issues within the community, such as the importance of licensure:

… while reminding businesses around the globe that quality athletic training is an investment worth making:

ATs spread the word by mapping their anatomy:

… celebrating the unsung heroes:

… and exerting an impressive amount of willpower:

Our favorite plastic AT managed to highlight two important celebrations in a single tweet!

And finally, we took the time to say thank you to the athletic trainers that make our lives safe and better every day:

WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITE ATHLETIC TRAINING TWEETS FROM #NATM2019 ? LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW AND TAG US @HEALTHYROSTER ON TWITTER!

What Athletic Trainers Should Know About Esports

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Game On(line)

What Athletic Trainers Should Know About Esports

Athletic trainers are accustomed to seeing the same groups of athletes coming through their facilities every season: football players in the fall, wrestlers in the winter, softball players in the spring. There’s a rhythm to this cycle, each sport arriving with its own set of injuries and ailments to contend with. But now, a new sport is shaking up that rhythm, and its equipment consists of a console, a controller and a computer.

That’s right, esports is the latest competitive activity taking the world by storm. Though the stereotypical image of a hardcore gamer is someone holed up in a dark room and sitting stagnant in front of a screen all day, don’t be mistaken — these are called e-sports for a reason. And as with any other sport, esports requires ATs and other medical professionals to work with the athletes to ensure they’re staying on top of their physical and mental health. With esports rising in popularity and with more and more schools adding varsity esports programs, it’s important for ATs to understand the sport and the risks these athletes face.

What is esports?

Esports, as a whole, describes the world of competitive, organized video games. The games themselves vary, with teams competing in leagues dedicated to titles such as “League of Legends,” “Overwatch,” “Hearthstone,” “Fortnite,” and “CS:GO.” Though some leagues host live events and some competitions are even broadcast on television, the majority of esports fans tune in via streaming services such as Twitch. This is where most of the sport’s following has grown — and quite the following it is.

Esports Competition

Esports Competition

According to research firm Newzoo, the international esports audience will reach 453.8 million this year, generating revenues of $1.1 billion. With that much money at stake, a growing number of esports teams are now fully or partially owned by traditional sports team owners such as Robert Kraft and Stan Kroenke. Those sorts of investors are able to provide esports programs with the same level of medical staff as other professional athletes.

But the popularity extends beyond the professional realm as well. Varsity scholarships have been available to college esports athletes since 2014, and today, the National Association of Collegiate Esports consists of more than 135 member schools and over 3,000 student athletes. There is even discussion about making esports an Olympic event. Much more than just “gaming,” esports is a legitimate sport that requires intense levels of training and conditioning. Without the assistance of athletic trainers, esports athletes can succumb to myriad injuries, both physical and mental.

Common Physical Injuries

When you watch esports, you might not consider it a very physical activity. It involves a lot of sitting, clicking a controller, and staring at a bright screen. But these repeated motions actually put esports athletes at risk for very particular injuries, the most common of which is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, caused by intense repetitive movements of the fingers. Young gamers that notice their hands beginning to tingle or go numb tend to ignore it, thinking that it will heal on its own. But with time, use of their hand can grow more difficult, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can actually end their careers. Education and preventative care are essential to catching injuries like this before they affect one’s future.

Other common areas of concern are the elbows, knees, feet, and neck, all of which are subject to repetitive motion or stress injuries, or even tendinitis. Additionally, medical professionals should work with esports athletes to monitor their eye health, as prolonged periods of staring at a screen can cause significant fatigue and strain, and can even affect their hand-eye coordination — an essential element in their athletic repertoire.

Common Mental Concerns

When working with any athlete, it’s important to focus on both their body and their mind. This is especially true with esports athletes, as their intense training regimen (12-16 hours of gaming a day) tends to keep them inside. In addition to the burnout that can be caused by looking at a screen for that long, their schedule often forces them to give up time with friends and family, and unlike other sports, they don’t enjoy a built-in off-season. Job security is also a concern, as the competitive nature of the burgeoning sport means there is always someone gunning for a player’s job, ready to take it if they don’t succeed. Taking all of this into consideration, it’s no surprise that mental health issues such as depression and anxiety are pervasive throughout the community.

Another item of concern is drug abuse. In the past, esports athletes have admitted to using Adderall during a competition to enhance their performance, as the ADHD medication can help them stay energized and focused. Though there is little evidence that Adderall actually gives players an extra advantage, abusing any prescription medication is dangerous, especially an amphetamine like Adderall that, in addition to increasing one’s heart rate and blood pressure, can be incredibly addictive.

One thing we have tried to do is create a support network for them to become more healthy overall, just like any other athlete. The esports team has voluntary team lifting with our Strength & Conditioning coaches, as well as the option to receive individual nutrition counseling…Every so often we have small groups talks on topics such as posture, hand/forearm injury prevention, and physical activity.
— David Jameyson, MS, AT, ATC (Ashland University)

Healthy Habits

So what should the relationship between an esports athlete and an athletic trainer look like? In addition to providing prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation for the conditions listed above, ATs — along with coaches and other medical professionals — should work with esports athletes to establish proper nutrition and general fitness routines.

We talked to David Jameyson, MS, AT, ATC, at Ashland University (which houses one of the country’s top esports programs and uses Healthy Roster for injury documentation and communication) about his experiences providing athletic training services to esports athletes:

Ashland University Esports

Ashland University Esports

“One thing we have tried to do is create a support network for them to become more healthy overall, just like any other athlete,” Jameyson said. “The esports team has voluntary team lifting with our Strength & Conditioning coaches, as well as the option to receive individual nutrition counseling…Every so often we have small groups talks on topics such as posture, hand/forearm injury prevention, and physical activity.”

Gaming itself is not physically exhausting, but because of their intense commitment to training, many esports athletes neglect to eat healthily, develop a regular sleep cycle, or get enough physical exercise. This sedentary lifestyle that esports has a tendency to breed can lead to mental burnout. Even more seriously, at least six high-profile esports players have suffered spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung), though there has been no direct indication of causation.

Keep in mind that esports is still young, as is the knowledge of how to treat these athletes. New advancements are being made every day. For instance, in 2017, a 2,000-square-foot esports training center opened in Thousand Oaks, California, with state-of-the-art technology designed specifically to perfect gamers’ physical and cognitive skills. And Dr. Levi Harrison, a Los Angeles-based orthopedic surgeon has established the country’s first esports-focused practice, helping to develop specific exercises and ergonomic hand positions for athletes based on what sort of controller they use. There is a lot of ground to cover, so as with any field, it’s important for ATs to stay up-to-date on the latest advancements, continuing their education so they can provide the best possible care.

Staying Awake: Addressing Sleep Deprivation in College Athletes

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Staying Awake

Addressing Sleep Deprivation in College Athletes

It’s no grand secret that college students aren’t getting enough sleep. For many, it’s practically a point of pride. Walk on to any college campus and you’ll probably hear students boasting about how they stayed up all night studying for their midterm exam, or how they only made it to class because they chugged half a pot of coffee after going to a party on a Tuesday night. College is a calendar-filler, and when you’re constantly trying to balance your 16 credit hours with your clubs, social life, homework, and finding an internship, sleep has a way of falling by the wayside.

...On average, NCAA student-athletes report four nights of insufficient sleep per week (the average American adult reports two) and that one-third of student-athletes get fewer than seven hours of sleep per night (compared to the recommended 7-9 hours for young adults).

And of course, when you add on top of all of that the packed itinerary of being a college athlete, the problem only gets exacerbated. Considering the intense practice schedule, travel for competitions, and desire to spend time with their teammates, it’s no wonder that, on average, NCAA student-athletes report four nights of insufficient sleep per week (the average American adult reports two) and that one-third of student-athletes get fewer than seven hours of sleep per night (compared to the recommended 7-9 hours for young adults).

Some athletes might view this as something to strive for, operating under the assumption that a sleepless lifestyle is what you have to push yourself to in order to be successful. But, in fact, the opposite is true — given the physical, emotional, and cognitive consequences of sleep deprivation, it’s essential that athletes get enough sleep if they want to perform their best. Student athletes and athletic trainers should make it a priority to monitor and improve their sleeping patterns in order to enhance their performance.

Physical Consequences

A possible underlying assumption to the idea that you can “push through” sleep deprivation is the thought that it’s all in your head. Your brain just feels tired, so as long as you’re strong enough mentally, you can grin and bear it — right? Wrong. Failing to get enough sleep on a regular basis can also affect your body physically. For instance, the healing that occurs when we’re asleep is essential to muscle growth, as our bodies work to repair the damage inflicted during practice or games and recharge for the next day. Poor sleep patterns or shorter sleep durations can also lead to weight gain. So if you’re neglecting to get your eight hours in every night, don’t be surprised if you’re struggling a bit the next time you hit the weight room.

Emotional Consequences

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a lack of sleep affects our emotions in a negative manner. After all, if we asked you to close your eyes and picture someone who’s sleep-deprived, we’re guessing you wouldn’t be imagining someone with bright eyes and a big smile across their face. And for student-athletes in particular, a positive mood is key to a healthier and happier lifestyle. Sleep deprivation can lead to irritability and problems with relationships, as well as serious mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Any of these conditions alone could lead to a decreased performance on the field or in the classroom — all of them combined could be catastrophic.  

Perhaps most importantly, sleep provides us with the energy, focus, and lowered blood pressure we need to deal with stress — and with the pressure to maintain their GPA while succeeding in their sport, student-athletes are rarely strangers to stress. That sort of worrying is often the kind of motivator that can push student-athletes into making unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as craving junk food or over-consuming alcohol. So while your stress about the exam tomorrow or the big game this weekend might be the very thing encouraging you to stay up late, consider instead the alternative benefits of a good night’s rest.

Cognitive Consequences

When we’re asleep, our mind sorts through, evaluates, and integrates all of the information we took in during the day, meaning that a lack of sleep can actually result in a loss of memory. Additionally, sleep loss impairs our decision-making skills, our ability to focus and think clearly, and our reaction time. Obviously this can all result in negative consequences on both sides of the student-athlete coin. An individual who can’t focus or react quickly will perform just as poorly on their calculus test as they will at their lacrosse game.

But the cognitive implications of sleep deprivation extend into our everyday lives as well. Staying awake for 22 hours straight has the same effect on your reaction time as consuming four alcoholic drinks. So getting behind the wheel while sleep-deprived can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence. In fact, drowsy driving is responsible for thousands of car crashes every year, many of them fatal. Considering all they have to lose, student athletes should be proactive about getting enough sleep to keep themselves and their teammates safe.

Greater Risk of Injury

In addition to the increased risk that accompanies any sort of cognitive impairment (see above), sleep deprivation can put an athlete at a greater risk for injury in general. While recommending a later school start time for middle and high school students, Dr. Jim MacDonald from The Ohio State University, cited studies that found that sleep deprivation is linked to both overuse and fatigue injuries. Dr. Brian Hainline of the NCAA pointed to a study that showed that “if an athlete is progressively sleep deprived over a period of 12 weeks, their neuromuscular performance will continue to diminish, even when the athlete believes that, after three days, they are back to normal.” If nothing else, this increased chance of injury should be enough to motivate athletes to seek a better sleep schedule.

Getting More Sleep

Okay, you might be thinking, but what can we really do? Given the difficult demands of a student-athlete’s schedule, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s simply no way around the lack of sleep. And while the occasional late-night study session won’t kill you, you should make an effort to establish an adequate and habitual sleep schedule — and there are plenty of small steps you can take to do so.

One important action is to reduce your amount of screen time before bed. Because this generation of student athletes grew up in the digital era, they’re more prone to ending the day by looking at their phone or TV or computer. In fact, a National Sleep Foundation poll found that teenagers engage in an average of four electronic activities after 9 p.m. While this can be a nice way to unwind after a stressful day or to get some extra work done on assignment before calling it a night, this late-night use of multiple devices has been associated with less nocturnal sleep and more daytime drowsiness. Additionally, studies have suggested that the light emitted from our screens can suppress melatonin levels and disturb the circadian rhythms that regulate our internal sleep schedules.

Another thing to decrease is — gasp! — caffeine consumption. We know — sometimes that extra cup of cold brew is the only thing getting you through your 1:15 Bio lecture. But in addition to having adverse effects on an athlete’s mood and heart health, caffeine can disrupt our sleep patterns. And while it may seem impossible to cut back, keep in mind that caffeine contributes to an unhealthy cycle of drowsiness and sleep deprivation. In other words, if you manage to decrease the amount of caffeine you drink, you’ll be able to sleep more, and with that improved rest, you’ll crave less caffeine!

The NCAA also recommends that athletic departments get involved in maintaining its athletes’ sleep health. By initiating comprehensive sleep disorder screenings and monitoring and assessing athletes’ sleep behaviors, athletic trainers can help athletes better plan their schedules, as well as detect harmful sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea.

Overall, the most efficient way to a healthier sleep pattern is simply establishing a regular schedule. No matter how much work you have, try to set regular lights-out and wake-up times. And lights-out means lights-out — maybe leave your phone across the room so you’re not tempted to check it while falling asleep. If you’re anxious about your demanding schedule, just remind yourself that the time you “lose” by not pulling an all-nighter will be more than made up for by the mood, health, and well-being you’ll gain from your good night’s sleep.

Beyond the Sideline: Athletic Trainers in Unique Environments

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Beyond the Sideline

Athletic Trainers in Unique Environments

When we think of athletic trainers, we tend to picture them standing on the sidelines at youth, college, or professional sporting events, ready to spring into action at the first sign of an injury. It’s right there in the name: athletic trainers support athletes. Right? Well, not entirely. In fact, ATs are healthcare professionals whose skills and expertise are being utilized across a variety of environments — not just in the world of sports. As March is National Athletic Trainer Month, we’re celebrating how and why ATs Are Healthcare, and to kick things off, we’ve decided to shine a light on some other settings where you will regularly find ATs employed.

From the workplace to the battlefield, here are just some of the industries being supported and improved by the hard work of certified athletic trainers.

Military

In many ways, sports represent a simulated battle between two opposing sides. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that athletic trainers are essential to those preparing for actual battle as well. Whether they’re just starting out at boot camp or seeing regular combat, members of our armed forces are at risk for injuries such as sprains, strains, and concussions, and thus, it’s essential for ATs to be on-site to help evaluate and treat them, as well as provide screening and aid in injury prevention. Formed in 2001, the Armed Forces Athletic Trainers’ Society (AFATS) aims to “advance, encourage, supplement and improve the profession of athletic training by developing the common interests of its membership for the purpose of enhancing the quality of US Armed Forces Health Care.” Today, you can find ATs in a variety of military settings across the country, from Fort Benning to Officer Candidate School in Quantico. And in coming years, AT involvement in our armed forces will only be increasing. The Marine Corps is expected to invest up to $8.6 million annually on experienced athletic trainers over the next four years as they seek to expand and assign ATs to expeditionary forces.

NASA

There’s a reason NASA doesn’t let just anyone explore the solar system. Given the millions of dollars and extensive brain power that go into planning and executing a successful space mission, it’s imperative that astronauts are in peak physical condition — any injury could be incredibly costly. Furthermore, because astronauts face zero gravity while rocketing through the cosmos, they’re placed at risk for muscle atrophy and a decrease in bone density. With all of this in mind, it’s no wonder that NASA keeps athletic trainers on staff to limit the risk of injury by helping astronauts get in shape for flights, stay in shape during a mission, and return to peak condition once they return to Earth. Known as the Astronaut Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation group (ASCR), this team of ATs and strength and conditioning specialists focus specifically on musculoskeletal injuries during all phases of spaceflight. And we mean all phases — you might be surprised to learn that a good chunk of astronaut injuries occur while getting into or taking off their cumbersome spacesuit! Whether or not that plays into your romantic ideal of a job at NASA, there’s no doubt that providing healthcare to the planet’s greatest explorers is a job that’s truly out of this world.

Workplace

Any fan of “The Office” probably remembers Toby’s not-so-exhilarating presentation on safety training day. And while we certainly hate to criticize such a classic show, it’s important to note that Michael’s description of these injury prevention practices as “lame” is misleading. In fact, more and more forward-thinking employers are beginning to see the physical and mental health benefits of implementing stretches, exercises, and lifestyle strategies into the workplace and are therefore electing to hire on-site athletic trainers. Workplace settings for ATs range from traditional offices — where they focus on musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) that can be caused by repetitive motions, confined spaces, static posture, improper tool use, and uncontrolled climates — to industrial environments. In the latter cases, industrial workers typically face the same physical demands as traditional athletes but lack the means to properly manage their body fitness. They often falsely believe that their work on the floor keeps them in shape, meaning they don’t need to devote extra time to their fitness. ATs can help them develop fitness strategies, identify risk factors, and promote healthier choices — and that is far from lame!

Performing Arts

Not every world-class athlete wears a uniform and plays on a field; many instead don costumes and take to the stage eight times a week. From actors to dancers to musicians to trapeze artists to… well… however you would describe the Blue Man Group, performing arts groups around the globe rely on athletic trainers. With their knowledge of musculoskeletal injuries and prevention strategies, ATs can analyze a performance area for potential hazards, educate performers on strategies for mitigating risk (a high percentage of performance arts injuries are overuse), and evaluate an injury quickly — as, after all, the show must go on. Any AT with an interest or a background in creative arts will find working within a performance setting incredibly rewarding, as they’ll have the opportunity to touch the lives of the performers and ultimately feel an integral part of the final performance.

Television

Ever dream of making it in Hollywood? Well, good news: your career as an AT doesn’t preclude you from a job in Tinsel Town. Just look at Sandy Krum, an athletic trainer who, after years working for professional baseball teams, took a job as the Head Athletic Trainer for “The Biggest Loser.” He’d go on to work with contestants on the reality program for 11 years, while also overseeing other shows such as “American Gladiator” and “Losing It with Jillian Michaels.” Sandy is just one example of the countless dedicated athletic trainers working within the entertainment industry, where they report to studios and location shoots to provide healthcare and preventative education to contestants, stuntmen, and myriad other on-set workers. Even World Wrestling Entertainment hires ATs to work with their wrestlers — and, given the intense nature of the WWE, we’re glad to hear it!

At Healthy Roster, we work with athletic trainers in many different environments, from high schools to colleges to industrial to performing arts. To learn more about how Healthy Roster can help you document and communicate more effectively and efficiently, click here.