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Whether they’re playing high school sports or they’ve just joined the military, young people put tremendous pressure on their still-developing bodies. Injuries at this level can not only end dreams, but they can also alter lives that are just beginning. When it comes to preventing these types of injuries, Athletic Training – like the services Strive provides as part of the Musculoskeletal Strengthening Program – can play a crucial role.

An estimated 7.8 million high school students play organized sports, resulting in over 1.1 million injuries each year. While these are most often strains and sprains, concussion, contusions, and fractures are also common – and 7% of injuries are severe enough to require surgery. Military recruits – which are typically between the ages of 17 and 24 – sustain an even more alarming rate of injury. The Army reports that roughly one of out four male recruits and one out of two female recruits are injured at least once during Basic Combat Training. Training injuries are the single most significant medical problem when it comes to soldier readiness. 

Because our bodies are still growing and developing into our early 20s, young athletes and service members may be more susceptible to injuries than their adult counterparts. Bones grow at a faster rate than other tissue, so in young people, the muscles and tendons that surround growing bones can wind up getting pulled tight, leaving them vulnerable to injury. The growth plates– or the developing cartilage where bone growth occurs –can also be injured, interfering with the typical way the bones develop. 

In addition to injuries that affect the body, physically-active adolescents and young adults are also susceptible to brain injuries. With concussions – and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE – making headlines because of its pervasiveness among former NFL players, Americans are more concerned than ever about the long-term effects of repeated brain trauma. Of course, high school football players and other athletes are at risk, but soldiers also suffer from concussions – most commonly while preparing for deployment or combat. In fact, 85% of concussions among military personnel happen during training. Studies have shown that repeated head trauma or concussions can lead to:
  • Permanent brain changes
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Memory issues
  • Reduced processing speed
  • Depression
  • Increased risk of suicide
  • Possible increased risk of developing Alzheimer's and dementia

Injuries to young soldiers and athletes aren’t just worrisome because of the injuries themselves; they also have implications for proper physical and mental development and can result in conditions or even disabilities that the injured person will have to endure for his or her entire life. Chronic pain among adolescents has been linked to increased anxiety and depression, and pain has effects on family relationships, financial health, and overall quality of life. 

Experts agree that one of the most effective ways to prevent injuries is to provide proper training, and athletic trainers are in an ideal position to give students and soldier the training they need. Athletic training is an AMA-recognized health care profession that involves preventing, examining, diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating injuries. This also includes creating programs to prevent injuries, identifying unsafe conditions, and providing emergency care immediately after an injury occurs. 

While you may associate Athletics Trainers with athletes, they actually work in a wide range of settings – from rehabilitation centers, where they can help patients recover from surgery to the Department of Defense and government agencies, where they teach soldiers and law enforcement professionals to prevent on-the-job injuries. In recent years, the military has hired tactical athletic trainers with advanced skills to provide injury-vulnerability assessments for recruits and to create military-specific conditioning and rehabilitation programs. 

An Athletic Trainer should not be confused with a fitness trainer or personal trainer at the gym. Athletic Trainers are actual health care professionals who have earned degrees in Athletic Training – and 70% also have Masters Degrees in the field. To practice, they must pass a certification exam and usually need to become credentialed by the state. They often collaborate with physicians and focus on evidence-based practices and treatments involving multiple aspects of healthcare, including:
  • prevention
  • clinical evaluation and diagnosis 
  • immediate and emergency care
  • treatment and rehabilitation
  • professional health and well-being

Athletic trainers who work with soldiers or athletes don’t just diagnosis and treat injuries after they happen; they actually take steps to prevent those injuries from ever happening in the first place. This includes creating sport-specific conditioning and strengthening programs to help athletes build muscles and endurance. Trainers may also offer nutritional advice and weight management strategies to optimize health and safety.

Another responsibility of athletic trainers is to teach their clients correct techniques and forms that prevent unnecessary stain and reduce the risk of injury. They may be responsible for equipment and gear – like shoes or helmets – that give student athletes every safety advantage or modifying movements – like adjusting the way a soldier marches – to prevent musculoskeletal injuries in the feet. Athletic trainers also assess environmental conditions like excessive heat that could become dangerous during physical activity. 

If an injury does occur, an Athletic Trainer is fully-qualified to provide immediate assessment and treatment onsite. Taking into account each individual’s circumstances and personal situation, they’ll then determine the best injury management protocol and establish a comprehensive rehabilitation program. 

As part of our Musculoskeletal Strengthening Program, Strive offers Athletic Training for schools, the military, and other organizations with special needs. Our nationwide network of pre-screened and fully-credentialed Athletic Trainers allows us to provide you with qualified personnel in just one location or in training facilities across the city or county – or even beyond. When you select Strive, you can rely on your Athletic Trainer to:
  • Attend all training, events, and practices in professional attire
  • Bring necessary medical supplies and equipment (first aid kit, crutches, braces, etc.) to all events
  • Be prepared to assist in the event of injury or medical emergency
  • Offer advice on if or when a student can return to play
  • Provide basic first aid and taping
  • Create rehabilitation programs
  • Follow up to reassess injuries as needed
  • Assist with gait training, crutch fitting, orthotics, or other equipment
  • Maintain medical records 
  • In school environments, act as a liaison between student-athletes, parents, family physicians and specialists, and the school
  • Design and implement home exercise programs
  • Answers questions and offer education about injuries
  • Inventory supplies and make purchasing requests

Your Strive assigned project coordinator will handle every aspect of your Athletic Training program, starting with finding the right staff and any necessary equipment. We'll also simplify the liability process with comprehensive liability coverage and a provision of services that fully-indemnifies your organization of risk.

Whether you need standalone Athletic Training or you want to add additional services like Onsite Stretching or Fitness Classes, your Strive project manager will coordinate each component. That means you’ll only deal with one point of contact at one single company, reducing your time spent on administration and billing.
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