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 • 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 • Prevention • Educate and Instruct • Bracing and Taping • Monitor Safety of Participation • Facilitate Safe Conditioning • Sanitation • Promotion of Nutritional Concerns
Recognition, Evaluation, and Assessment History Observation Palpation Special Tests Assessment Educate Inform Plan Athletic Trainer Resp. 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
ATC Duties Cont. • Treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning • Therapeutic Modalities • Therapeutic Exercises • Reassess and Treat • Educate • Provide Guidance
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
ATC Duties Cont. • Professional Development and Responsibility • Demonstrate professional conduct • Continuing education • Adhere to professional ethics • Follow legal responsibilities
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
Tort Standard of Care Scope of Care 12 major domains of Athletic Training Pathology Assessment Pharmacology Modalities Exercise General Medical Nutritional concerns Psychosocial intervention Health care adm. Professional development Legal Liability
Negligence • Malfeasance • Misfeasance • Nonfeasance • Malpractice • Gross Negligence
Possible causes of litigation • Failure to warn • Informed consent • Foresee-ability of Harm • Product liability • Confidentiality
Licensing 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