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Sports Injury Management and the Athletic Trainer Chapter 1 The Sports Medicine Team Primary Sports Medicine Team: Team Physician, Certified Athletic Trainer, Coach, and the Athletes. Additional Members:

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the sports medicine team
The Sports Medicine Team
  • Primary Sports Medicine Team:
    • Team Physician, Certified Athletic Trainer, Coach, and the Athletes.
  • Additional Members:
    • Orthopedists, Physical Therapists, EMT’s, podiatrists, radiologists, nutritionists, exercise physiologists, sport psychologists, dentists, chiropractors, and ophthalmologists.
team physician responsibilities
Team Physician responsibilities
  • Pre-participation examinations
  • On-site coverage of catastrophic sport contests
  • Dispense medications
  • Facilitate referrals
  • Determine return to play guidelines
  • Provide in-service trainings
athletic trainer responsibilities
Athletic Trainer responsibilities
  • Prevention
    • Educate and Instruct
    • Bracing and Taping
    • Monitor Safety of Participation
    • Facilitate Safe Conditioning
    • Sanitation
    • Promotion of Nutritional Concerns
athletic trainer resp cont
Recognition, Evaluation, and Assessment




Special Tests





Athletic Trainer Resp. Cont.
atc duties cont
ATC Duties Cont.
  • Immediate Care
    • Initiate emergency medical care procedures
    • Stabilize musculoskeletal injuries
    • Facilitate referral when appropriate
    • Educate members of the health care team on immediate care procedures
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ATC Duties Cont.
  • Treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning
    • Therapeutic Modalities
    • Therapeutic Exercises
    • Reassess and Treat
    • Educate
    • Provide Guidance
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ATC Duties Cont.
  • Organization and Administration
    • Plan of Action
    • Write policies and procedures concerning:
      • Safe Participation Facilities
      • Timely Care Safety
      • Legal Compliance Sanitation
    • Manage resources
    • Maintain records
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ATC Duties Cont.
  • Professional Development and Responsibility
    • Demonstrate professional conduct
    • Continuing education
    • Adhere to professional ethics
    • Follow legal responsibilities
atc job settings
High Schools

Colleges and University’s

Professional Sports

Sports Medicine Clinics

Clinical health Care programs

Industrial health care programs

Health and fitness clubs

ATC Job Settings
legal liability

Standard of Care

Scope of Care

12 major domains of Athletic Training






General Medical

Nutritional concerns

Psychosocial intervention

Health care adm.

Professional development

Legal Liability
  • Malfeasance
  • Misfeasance
  • Nonfeasance
  • Malpractice
  • Gross Negligence
possible causes of litigation
Possible causes of litigation
  • Failure to warn
  • Informed consent
  • Foresee-ability of Harm
  • Product liability
  • Confidentiality
ways to avoid litigation

Pre-participation plan

Well developed Sports Medicine Team

Post Warning Signs

Protective Equipment

Use only NOCSAE approved equipment

Continuing education

Act as a reasonably prudent professional in caring for all sport participants.

Ways to Avoid Litigation