Athletic Trainers constantly work with people suffering from all different types of injuries. With all these different injuries comes a lot of research. These highly trained professionals look into the effects of the injures on the athlete, both physically and mentally and ways to prevent them from occurring.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) promotes being educated in hot topics and common injuries such as concussions, sudden cardiac arrest, and heat illness.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the exactly what it sounds; the athlete and or person unexpectedly goes into arrest with the outcome to be catastrophic. There are small risks for SCA in young athletes, but it usually occurs within one hour of the onset of symptoms.
- Chest pains
- Sudden ventricular arrhythmias
Although the causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest are inconsistent, more than 2/3 times it is due to a heart abnormality. By staying up to date with relevant research, ATs can take precautions and prepare in advance for these unforeseen circumstances.
Research about concussions has been constantly progressing.
I remember in middle school and my freshman year of high school, my friend on the football team seemed to get concussion after concussion. No one realized how serious they were and that he should’ve stopped playing after he got so many. Unfortunately, even though he was cleared, he continued to play and one game he got hit so hard he ended up in the hospital due to the extensiveness of the concussion.
Concussions are very serious and for a while people wouldn’t consider them to be significant injuries, however than can cause significant brain damage.
“The CDC estimates 1.6-3.8 million concussions occur in sports and recreational activities annually. However, these figures vastly underestimate the total, as many individuals do not seek medical advice.” National Athletic Trainers’ Association
NOCSAE has continued to develop better football helmet guidelines in order to prevent this particularly common injury in the sport.
With many other thriving topics of research in Athletic Training, the site NATA.org is available for education in the field for trainers, athletes, and students or prospects. To be more than a ‘good’ trainer or even student, I’d look into these topics to stay top of your game.