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Athletic Trainer Program

​Certified and licensed athletic trainers are in a key position to lead your athlete to success on the field or court. These athletic trainers are college-educated, licensed healthcare professionals who work closely with sports medicine specialists to plan safe training programs for youth athletes.

Scott & White Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Program

Billy Ray Laxton, masters-educated athletic trainer at the Scott & White Division of Sports Medicine, works in consult and close collaboration with our fellowship-trained, board-certified sports medicine orthopedic specialists to provide on-site guidance and assistance to athletic trainers and coaches in area high schools and colleges.

Mr. Laxton travels extensively throughout the region counseling area high school and college athletic trainers and coaches on:

  • Current research and education on best practices in athletic training
  • Design and implementation of athletic training programs
  • Instruction in proper medical care for student athletes
  • Training in proper treatment and rehabilitation techniques

Research and Education

The Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Program provides the most up-to-date information in research and education from the Division of Sports Medicine to area athletic trainers and coaches in the fields of:

  • Injury prevention
  • Assessment of injury
  • First aid and emergency care
  • Therapeutic intervention
  • Rehabilitation of injuries
  • Medical conditions pertinent to student athletes
  • Role of proper nutrition and fluid intake in relation to maximal athletic performance

Design and Implementation of Programs

The Scott & White athletic trainer helps local high school and college athletic trainers and coaches develop:

  • Strengthening and conditioning programs that reduce the risk of injury
  • Cardiovascular fitness programs that reduce the risk of injury
  • Action plans to secure emergency medical personnel in the event of a medical crisis
  • Action plans for routine inspection of facilities and equipment to ensure they are sanitary, safe and properly maintained
  • Ensure athletic trainers maintain licensure and accreditation

Medical Care for Student Athletes

Certified and licensed athletic trainers are the first source of medical care for many student athletes. The Scott & White Division of Sports Medicine educates local athletic trainers and coaches on proper first aid and emergency care techniques:

  • Proper assessment of consciousness
  • Proper emergency action plans for life-threatening injuries:
    • CPR
    • AED
    • Spine board
    • Control of bleeding
    • Control of body temperature
    • Use of epinephrine for anaphylaxis
  • Proper secondary assessments of non-life-threatening injuries:
    • Open and closed wounds
    • Head trauma
    • Seizure
    • Asthma attack
    • Shock
    • Acute musculoskeletal injuries
    • Internal organ injuries
    • Spinal cord or peripheral nerve injuries
    • Diabetic emergency
  • Proper communication of nature of emergency or injury, including respecting of privacy rights, to:
    • Patient
    • Emergency or medical personnel
    • Family

Treatment and Rehabilitation

On-field injuries are common. Certified and licensed athletic trainers often serve as the only healthcare providers for many student athletes. The Scott & White Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Program helps ensure local athletic trainers and coaches are offering the most up-to-date information on:

  • Proper evaluation and assessment of sports injuries
  • The most effective therapeutic interventions for common sports injuries
  • Exercises to improve flexibility and range of motion
  • Proprioceptive activities to improve balance, stability and coordination
  • Proper selection, fit and use of orthotics and assistive devices
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