The McLean School Athletic Training Program serves as an important source of health care for McLean’s student athletes. Under the direction of the Certified Athletic Trainer, the program focuses on the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries. All practices and home games are attended by the athletic trainer.
What is a Certified Athletic Trainer?
Certified Athletic Trainers, also known as ATCs, are medical professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur in athletes and the physically active.
What does an ATC do?
Athletic Trainers ensure student athletes remain healthy and able to participate in practices and games. Primary responsibilities include injury prevention, reduction of further injury by administering immediate care, development and implementation of rehabilitation programs, and setting appropriate policies, including return-to-play guidelines.
What kind of training does an ATC have?
Athletic Trainers are board certified by an independent organization. To become certified, an individual must possess a Bachelor or Master of Science degree from a college or university with an accredited athletic training program, have completed at least 800 hours of internship experience under the direction of an ATC, and pass a certification exam. Fifty hours of continuing education must be completed every two years to maintain certification. Athletic Trainers in Maryland are also licensed by the Maryland Board of Physicians.