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Athletic Training Outreach 

Billings Clinic Sports Medicine Program features athletic training outreach services that provides coverage to our community and surrounding areas. Our athletic training services provides the community with coverage at school sporting events by trained sports medicine professionals. The athletic training outreach covers 12 high schools/middle schools in the region. Our sports medicine team is comprised of Montana Licensed and National Board-Certified Athletic Trainers.

Our athletic training outreach provides schools access to trained healthcare professionals for injury prevention, rehabilitation exercises, strength and conditioning programs, and nutritional education. We also provide baseline concussion testing to our schools/club affiliations. Our athletic training staff work in collaboration with our Billings Clinic Sports Medicine Physicians to get quick treatment and care by orthopedic specialist.

Services Provided to Schools:

  • Athletic training room coverage
  • Practice, Game, Tournament coverage
  • Emergency response care during covered events
  • Injury Prevention, Evaluation, Rehabilitation
  • Strength and Conditioning programs
  • Concussion evaluation, testing, and rehabilitation (ImPact Testing)

 About Athletic Trainers

What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multiskilled health care professional who render services or treatment under the direction or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education, training, and state’s statutes, rules, and regulations. As part of the healthcare team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury, illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Where do Athletic Trainers work?

Athletic trainers treat a range of patients and can work in a variety of settings. Regardless of their practice setting, athletic trainers practice according to their education, scope of practice and state practice act.

  • Public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and Olympic sports
  • Youth leagues, municipal and independently owned youth sports facilities
  • Physician practice, similar to nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and other professional clinical personnel
  • Rural and urban hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers
  • Clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, medical fitness, wellness and physical therapy
  • Occupational health departments in commercial settings, which include manufacturing, distribution and offices to assist with ergonomics
  • Police and fire departments and academies, municipal departments, branches of the military
  • Performing arts including professional and collegiate level dance and music

What type of education do Athletic Trainers have?

Athletic training is an academic major or graduate equivalent major program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The current minimum entry point into the profession of athletic training is the master’s level. More than 70 percent of athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree. Upon completion of a CAATE-accredited athletic training education program, students become eligible for national certification by successfully completing the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) examination.  

Professional training education uses a competency-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings. Using a medical-based education model, athletic training students are educated to provide comprehensive patient care in five domains of clinical practice:

  • Immediate and emergency care
  • Treatment and rehabilitation
  •  Organization and professional health and well-being
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Prevention and health promotion
  • Clinical examination and diagnosis
  • Acute care of injury and illness
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Psychosocial strategies and referral
  • Health care administration
  • Professional development and responsibility

As information continually changes, it is important for professionals to learn the latest about athletic training. Continuing education requirements are meant to ensure ATs continue to:

  • Stay on the cutting edge in the field of athletic training.
  • Obtain current professional development information.
  • Explore new knowledge in specific content areas.
  • Master new athletic training-related skills and techniques.
  • Expand approaches to effective athletic training.
  • Further develop professional judgment.
  • Conduct professional practice in an ethical and appropriate manner.

Learn more about athletic trainers by visiting NATA (National Athletic Trainers’ Association).

        

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