Filed under: Athletes, Athletic Trainers | Tags: athlete, depression, eating disorder, injury, mental-health, sports
Mental illness is a growing concern among our youth. Approximately 1 in 5 youths suffer from some type of depression. Athletes are not immune from mental illness. Although athletes in general are happier and healthier than the general population, the pressure can be overwhelming. Education and recognition are paramount in dealing with depression and other forms of mental illness. We must educate the athlete and the public that it is OK to seek help, that it is not a sign of weakness. (more…)
Filed under: Athletic Trainers, Student Corner, Uncategorized | Tags: athletic trainer, burnout, stress, stress relief
Burnout occurs in all careers. Burnout tends to occur the most in medical careers; working long hours and weekends and having a stressful job. Athletic trainers have to be flexible with their schedule, having practices at different time, different days, and games taking longer than expected. Burnout is defined as a syndrome of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion due to their job or career.
Filed under: Athletic Trainers, Student Corner | Tags: Athletic Training, Athletic Training Students, pr, student corner
The latest installment of our “Student Corner” feature was written by upper-level athletic training student Cody Lucas. Cody embodies the story that a lot of us have had. At times, athletic training seemed like a profession to pass through on the way to other career benchmarks. However, like Cody, many of us found our passion and purpose in this profession. We hope you enjoy his story!
Filed under: Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Coaches, Uncategorized | Tags: EKG, Family History, Heart, Medical History, PPE, Sudden Cardiac Death
Over the past twenty-five years, the topic of Sudden Cardiac Death in young athletes has become one of concern and debate. Sudden Cardiac Death is a broad term used to describe the death of an individual from any unexpected failed heart function usually during or after physical activity from a non-violent or non-contact event. While it is not considered a common occurrence, it is a very traumatic and difficult thing to coupe with, not just for the family, but also the team, coaches, medical staff, and community. There has been a big push in recent years to find the cause; underlying signs, symptoms, and risk factors; ways to prevent it; and proper screening techniques of Sudden Cardiac Death in the hopes of tragedies being avoided.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: athletic performance, Athletic Training, Dayton, emergency action plan, EMS, rehab, Wright State Physicians, wright state university
Over the past few years the Wright State Sports Medicine team has been working overtime to provide better care to the Wright State student-athletes. Just last spring the team finally moved into their new home at the Wright State Physician’s Building.
Filed under: Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Coaches | Tags: concussion, CTE, ESPN, head injury, medical emergency, second impact syndrome, youth sports
As the fall sports seasons begin to get into full swing and the long days of practices and exhibitions give way to competitions and league games, we wanted to take a moment to remind you of the serious nature of head injuries. With all the publicity in recent years about the increase in confirmed cases of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and the increase in the number of high profile athletes that have missed competition due to head injuries, we wanted to reach out and encourage you to take any injury to the head very seriously. (more…)
Filed under: Athletic Trainers, Coaches, Uncategorized | Tags: injury rates, National Action Plan for Sports Safety, national athletic trainers association, youth sports, Youth Sports Safety Alliance
Over the past 10 years, organized youth sports have been elevated to a whole new level of importance and competitive nature by both parents and athletes. The once opportunity to get kids off the couch and out of the house, has now become an obsession, supposed ticket to free college, and a quick pathway to potentially serious injuries. According to a survey done by Michigan State in January 2012, over 35 million kids’ ages 5 to 18 years old participated in organized youth sports that year. Of those 35 million, 1 in 6,000 will make it to the NFL, 1 in 10,000 will make it to the NBA, and 1 in 90 will receive a full ride to a Division I or Division II college. Along with those statics, the Youth Sports Safety Alliance estimate 2 million injuries in high school sports each year alone, with 50,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations from these injuries. This doesn’t even include the injuries not reported or those outside of the high school sports umbrella. So the question is, are organized youth sports worth the risk?