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“Injury Assessment” Is Focus For March 2003 National Athletic Training Month

Immediately following a sports or work-related injury, certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are among those who can provide the most thorough injury assessment of what needs to happen next to reduce the long-term effect of an injury. What corrective techniques or exercises are best? What type of medical care is necessary? How soon can work, play or physical activities be resumed?

In March, the 30,000 members of National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) will celebrate the third annual National Athletic TrainingMonth.

This year’s theme of Injury Assessment: The First Step in Treatment & Recovery is a follow up to the 2002 injury prevention theme. At the national level, as well as in individual communities, certified athletic trainers will be hosting numerous special events and educational activities throughout March to boost an increased public awareness about the athletic training profession.

“This year, we’ll concentrate on educating others about injury assessment. NATA’s big-picture objective is to enable people to gain a broader perspective of what exactly athletic trainers do and what they can do as highly educated and skilled allied health care professionals,” said NATA President Julie Max, ATC and head athletic trainer at California State University, Fullerton. “National Athletic

Training Month was established so that we could do a better job of educating the public about our profession, and our quality and level of care. We want people to know that athletic trainers are integral members of any medical or athletic health care team and work hand-in-hand with physicians and other allied health personnel every step of the way.”

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