NYS Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 4th Annual Athletic Training Recognition Week

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The New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association (NYSATA) will hold its 4th annual Athletic Training Recognition Week from October 14-23, 2016 for schools and organizations across New York State to promote sports safety and honor certified athletic trainers (ATs) for their unique skill-set and athletic healthcare services. After a successful campaign last year, NYSATA is also extending their funding program for NYS secondary schools who are deserving of the Safe Sports School Award.

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Does your school or organization prioritize sports safety? #WhosYourAT2016

Athletic Training (AT) Recognition Week was initiated four years ago to promote awareness about the vital need to provide appropriate medical care for all athletes, beginning at the youth and school sports levels. By recognizing certified athletic trainers (ATs) and the unique skill-set they possess to effectively fulfill this role, schools can to show their communities and peers that they value and take pride in providing quality care for their athletes, and set an example for local youth sports to follow. By publicly recognizing their ATs from Friday, October 14th through Sunday, October 23rd with event-specific Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and via social media - #WhosYourAT2016 - schools can take a proactive role in promoting sports safety in their communities and across New York.

While the inherent risk of injury in athletics has always been understood, research and statistics from the past few decades has revealed the critical need of taking appropriate measures for sports safety – including providing qualified medical and healthcare management, such as a certified athletic trainer (AT). With their education and experience in injury prevention, recognition, and emergency management, ATs can help identify potential hazards and risks to address before they cause injury, as well as observe and evaluate injuries as they occur, knowing how to properly distinguish more severe conditions and handle these situations when they arise.

After the success of last year, NYSATA is also extending its funding program for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School Award application for up to five NYS secondary schools. This funding program helped to expand the number of NYS Award recipients from seven to fifteen. Any secondary school who meets the standards can gain recognition for providing appropriate sports safety measures.

Over the past three years, over 50 secondary schools and 20 colleges have gotten involved in promoting Athletic Training Recognition Week! Don’t let your school community be left out – find a way to participate this year.

NYSATA, founded in 1976 and incorporated in 1989, stands to advance, encourage and improve the profession of athletic training (AT) by developing the common interests of its membership for the purpose of enhancing the quality of healthcare for the physically active in NYS. Athletic training is practiced by certified athletic trainers (ATs), who have expertise in the assessment, emergency management, rehabilitation and prevention of acute and chronic sport-related injuries, illnesses and conditions, including concussions. Comprised of over 1,200 certified and practicing athletic trainers, NYSATA is the state-wide affiliate of the regional Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) and District Two of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

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