Los Angeles Mission College Sports Medicine staff strives to provide the highest level of medical care for our student-athletes to ensure a quick, yet safe, return to athletic activity. This is accomplished through utilizing diagnostic equipment along with the latest methods of prevention and care of injuries. Student-athletes are carefully examined before they participate in any sport, to ensure early detection of potential problems. While visiting Los Angeles Mission College for competition, our certified athletic trainer will extend care to visiting teams competing in intercollegiate events.
What is an athletic trainer?
According to the National Athletic Trainers' Association, athletic trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.
In the event that an injury should occur in the absence of an Athletic Trainer, the injured athlete should be referred to the athletic training room at once for evaluation. If the injured athlete is incapacitated, every effort should be made to contact the Athletic Trainer. If the coach perceives the situation as a life-threatening emergency situation, he or she should call 911 and explain the situation. When it is practical to do so, the coach must notify the Athletic Trainer of the situation.
In the event of a life-threatening emergency:
1. Locate a person to stay with the athlete.
2. Call 911 (Emergency Medical Services) if you are at an off-campus sports venue. If on campus, call campus Sheriffs at x7843, who will call 911.
3. Call the Athletic Trainer.
4. Provide care to the injured athlete, if you are trained in First Aid/CPR/AED.
5. Stay with the athlete until more advanced medical personnel arrive.
In the event that an athlete is injured and the situation is not an emergency, contact the Athletic Trainer at (818) 364-7600 x4567 or on the mobile phone. Arrange for the athlete to be taken to the Training Room for evaluation.
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