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All About Athletic Trainers

Happy National Athletic Training Month! 

Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) are a dynamic part of our company and therapeutic team. Keep reading below to learn more about athletic training, and perhaps if our AT services could help you!

Certified Athletic Trainers are highly skilled and knowledgeable clinicians in the area of sports medicine.  They have expertise in areas such as injury prevention, first aid, initial diagnosis, and rehabilitation of athletes to return to play.  Athletic Trainers are vital parts of the sports medicine team and provide communication between athletes, parents, coaches, and physicians.  Athletic Trainers work on the athletic field and in the clinic setting, providing crucial rehab for all types of sports injuries.

 

What makes an Athletic Trainer different from a Physical Therapist?

Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists are similar in a lot of ways, as both work in the field of rehabilitation and see people with orthopedic or sports-related injuries.  ATs and PTs differ in the type of patient that they treat.  PTs see patients of all ages, from pediatric to geriatric, and for a variety of conditions, from orthopedic to neurologic to cardiovascular.  ATs are specialized in sports-related and orthopedic injuries only.  Another difference is that Physical Therapists see patients after injury or when they are experiencing pain, working solely in rehabilitation.  Athletic Trainers work with athletes on preventative exercise, injury screening, on-field emergency & acute care, and rehabilitation.

 

Can I see an Athletic Trainer with my insurance?

There are some insurance companies that don't accept athletic trainers.  All insurances that do accept Athletic Trainers require a referral before you can be seen.  Call any of our offices, or your insurance company, to see if your plan allows you to see an Athletic Trainer.

 

Where Can I Spot a PT360 Athletic Trainer?

Our Athletic Trainers can be found working for us in a variety of places throughout the community. PT360 ATCs work with UVM Club Sports, St. Michael’s College Men’s and Women’s Rugby teams, all athletes at Vergennes Union High School, working in our new location at Rev Indoor Cycling, and treating patients in ALL of our clinic locations.