Coe observes National Athletic Training month

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-03-21 11:53:10 - General

National Athletic Trainers' Month logoMarch is National Athletic Training Month, which is sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). This year's theme is "Your Protection is Our Priority". Coe College has an accredited athletic training education program with professional athletic trainers who provide health care to student-athletes participating in 21 intercollegiate athletic programs.

Certified and licensed athletic trainers are highly educated and qualified professionals fully capable of acting as medical professionals in various settings who work under the guidance of physicians. They are not personal trainer or coaches. Currently, athletic trainers must earn a bachelor's degree, and approximately 80 percent have a master’s degree, prior to passing the Board of Certification Examination, in addition to obtaining licenses through the state. Certified athletic trainers must also provide evidence of completing 50 continuing education units every two years.

Athletic trainers are professionals who provide services to athletes in schools, colleges and universities, and non-traditional settings. These services include but are not limited to concussion recognition and management, injury prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment, rehabilitation, reconditioning, organization, and administration.

While a rare occurrence, the most important role an athletic trainer can fulfill is that of a first responder in a catastrophic situation. Athletic trainers are prepared at all times to recognize heat illness, administer CPR, AED, and triage traumatic injuries such as open fractures or spinal cord injuries.

During March, stop by the athletic training facilities in lower Eby Fieldhouse and say hello to the Coe staff, including:

  • Chad Libby, Director of Athletic Training Education Program, Assistant Professor
  • Nick Bender, Director of Athletic Training Services
  • Shaun McCarthy, Athletic Trainer, Assistant Professor
  • Chelsey Bruns, Athletic Trainer, Instructor
  • Nici Trumpold, Athletic Trainer

More information about athletic trainers is available at: