Welcome to the St. Mary’s High School Athletic Training page. The mission of the St. Mary’s High School Athletic Training program is to provide the best possible care for student athletes. This is accomplished through prevention, recognition, evaluation, assessment, immediate care, treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries and illnesses. Emphasis is also placed on education the St. Mary’s community about Athletic Training and the importance of Certified Athletic Trainers in helping provide the best health care for its student-athletes.
Athletic Trainers must earn a degree in from an accredited athletic training program. Accredited programs include formal instruction in injury and illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injuries and illnesses, human anatomy, and physiology, therapeutic modalities and nutrition. More than 70% of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.
Athletic trainers must meet the qualifications set by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification, and individual state licensure qualifications. They must maintain current knowledge and skills through required continuing education, and adhere to the standards of professional practice set by the NATABOC, while practicing athletic training under the direction of a physician.
The St. Mary’s athletic trainer provides health care to approximately 425 student athletes on 36 junior varsity and varsity athletic teams, and in 2014 St. Mary’s was awarded the Safe Sports School Award by the National Athletic Trainers Association.