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Athletic Training

AthletiCare provides Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) at over 20 area high schools and colleges and at community athletic events, such as Gus Macker.

Should an injury occur, you have immediate access to treatment provided by certified athletic trainers. Last school year, our athletic trainers assessed and treated 4,313 athletic injuries in Western New York, including:

  • concussions
  • diabetic emergencies
  • cardiac emergencies
  • orthopedic injuries

To ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatment as quickly as possible, AthletiCare gives you access to medical specialists, such as orthopedic physicians, and will work with your physician to develop a rehabilitation plan that takes into account your health history and goals.

What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic trainers are often confused with personal trainers. However, they perform different roles and have different levels of training.

Athletic trainers prevent, assess and treat injuries, whereas personal trainers assess fitness needs and design appropriate exercise regimens.

Our certified athletic trainers have formal instruction in areas such as:

  • injury/illness prevention
  • first aid and emergency care
  • assessment of injury/illness
  • human anatomy and physiology
  • therapeutic modalities
  • nutrition

To learn more about the differences between a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Personal Trainer, click here to visit the  National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) website.


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Concussions

One of the most debilitating injuries that can occur in sports is a concussion, also known as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 65% of concussions in sports & recreation are among children aged 5 - 18 years.

Caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, the brain quickly moves back and forth, changing the way that your brain normally works.

Left undiagnosed and treated, concussions can cause persistent symptoms that can last weeks, months and possibly years.  Anyone with concussion symptoms should pursue medical care immediately to avoid permanent damage.

Baseline Testing

Credentialed ImPACT ConsultantBecause concussion can cause subtle changes in how quickly and accurately you think, they can be difficult to detect without a a baseline for "normal."

AthletiCare’s athletic trainers use the ImPACT™ concussion tool to determine that baseline.

ImPACT™ is a web-based computerized assessment tool that measures multiple areas of cognitive function such as memory, attention span, problem solving and reaction time. Testing occurs before a concussion takes place, such as during the athlete's pre-season.

If an injury does occur, an athlete’s concussion is managed by comparing the baseline test with test results taken after the injury occurred.

We also use the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool 2 (SCAT2). The SCAT2 assesses symptoms, balance, memory and concentration. The test is performed one-on-one with the athletic trainer and student athlete prior to the start of the season and
again following a concussion.

Requesting a Baseline Test

If you interested in having your son or daughter baseline tested on ImPACT, please contact our AthletiCare Sports Manager at (716) 923-4837 for an appointment or for more information.

AthletiCare at Your School

To find out if your school offers services through AthletiCare, click here and locate your school name. If your school is not present, please contact your coach or school administrator to discuss bringing AthletiCare to your school.

AthletiCare at Your Event

If you are organizing a sports event and would like AthletiCare to provide coverage, please call (716) 44-SPORT / (716) 447-7678 or email us.

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