About the Program
The Sports Medicine Program is responsible for providing athletic health care for all Upper School Woodward Academy athletes. The ATC's provide evaluations of injuries to athletes to determine a safe participation status, preventative taping and bracing, and rehabilitation to any athlete with an injury. Those athletes who are not able to participate in practice or contests must be monitored while they complete their rehabilitation program. ATCs will work with the athlete's treating physician to carry out any rehabilitative therapy prescribed. ATCs must also be prepared to deal with those injuries that occur throughout each practice and contest. ATCs also keep and maintain records on individual athletes, their injuries, and their treatments, as well as helping with the school nurses in maintaining an accurate record of annual physicals.
Athletic Trainers Certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association's Board of Certification (NATABOC) have, at minimum, a bachelor's degree in athletic training, physical education, or a related area. Athletic Trainers possess a thorough knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, physiology, as well as the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Certified Athletic Trainers are also educated in nutrition, counseling, psychology, and health care administration. To become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), the candidate must complete a four year bachelors degree program, and then pass the national exam administered by the NATABOC. The examination covers topics in each of the domains of athletic training.
Domains of Athletic Training
- Prevention of injuries resulting from physical activity
- Recognition, evaluation, and assessment of injuries resulting from activity
- Immediate care of injuries resulting from physical activity
- Rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries resulting from physical activity
- Organization and administration
- Professional development and responsibility
Georgia's Board of Athletic Trainers regulates the profession in Georgia and requires all athletic trainers practicing in the Georgia be licensed by the board.