Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. and Encore Sports Medicine are proud to celebrate March as National Athletic Training Month! We would like to say thank you to each of our Certified Athletic Trainers for all they do everyday to support safe and successful play!
In honor of National Athletic Training Month, here are four things to know about athletic trainers. **
They are healthcare professionals. Athletic Trainers work with individuals who are physically active or involved in sports participation through all stages of life. They prevent, treat and help rehabilitate musculoskeletal injuries as well as sports and work-related illnesses and medical conditions. Athletic trainers abide by HIPAA and FERPA laws, and are recognized as allied health care professionals by the American Medical Association, Health Resources Services Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The welfare of patients is their top priority. Athletic trainers work with patients to prevent injuries. If a patient is injured, they work with physicians to provide care and rehabilitate the patient back to life before the injury as fast and as safely as possible. Brain and spinal cord injuries and conditions such as heat illness can be life-threatening if not recognized and properly handled. Athletic trainers are there to immediately address emergencies.
Taping and ice is a small part of what athletic trainers do. Athletic trainers also coordinate and carry out injury prevention programs, prepare athletes for practices and games, communicate with physicians about injuries, help treat and rehabilitate injured players, help determine return to play for injured athletes, monitor environment and weather conditions, develop and execute emergency action plans and are first responders on the scene.
Education is a huge part of becoming an athletic trainer. Academic curriculum and clinical training for athletic trainers follow the medical model. They must have a minimum of a four-year degree from a CAATE-accredited program and be certified by the Board of Certification (BOC) through an exam. More than 70 percent of athletic trainers have surpassed the minimum requirement and have earned a master’s degree. By 2020, all CAATE-accredited programs will be offered at the master’s level only. Every two years, athletic trainers are required to complete Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to maintain their athletic training certification with the BOC.
For over 40 years, Encore Sports Medicine has provided care to athletes across Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Tennessee. We LOVE to see you move! Want to know move about our Sports Medicine programs? Visit our website for Sports Medicine Programs or call Gary Barfield at 404-933-4336.
Our Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers are being trained to screen baseball pitchers all over the Gulf Coast for injury causing mechanisms. Our goal is to prevent injuries BEFORE they happen, allowing our baseball pitchers to start the season right! Our Sports Medicine Team seamlessly works together to be your Sports Medicine Resource!
Congratulations to Abby Perkins, Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan!
Abby is a Sophomore Softball Player for the Wallace Govs. Her future plans include becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant. In her spare time, she enjoys playing softball and hanging out with her friends.
Abby is the daughter of Jeremy and Brandi Perkins.
We wish you the best, Abby!
Abby is pictured here with Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan Physical Therapist Adam Johnston and Physical Therapist Assistant Angela Ferguson.
Encore Sports Medicine is the Official Sports Medicine Provider for the Wallace Govs. We LOVE to see you move!
Say hello to Hannah Gentz! Hannah is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Hamilton!
Hannah is a Crimsonette at The University of Alabama where she is majoring in Kinesiology on the pre-Occupational Therapy track. She also twirled in high school all four years and was Majorette Captain. Her personal interests include baton twirling, running, yoga, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and baking.
Hannah is the daughter of Debbie and David Gentz.
Hannah, we are glad to have you as our Athlete of the Month!
It was our pleasure to see our former Athlete of the Month, Connie Clarke! She came by the clinic for a visit and to pick up her t-shirt. Ms. Clarke is playing basketball & pursuing a degree at Snead State Community College.
We wish you continued success, Connie! Please come see us again!
Give a shoutout to Windham Whatley, Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-William Carey!
Windham plays soccer for the William Carey Crusaders and has been selected a Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches of America. Windham, a Physical Education major, plans to continue his college education at the master’s level. His personal interests include spending time with his dog, Romeo, and playing and coaching soccer.
Windham is the son of Michael and Renee Whatley.
Congratulations, Windham! We wish you every success!
Members of the Encore Sports Medicine Management Team from across Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi recently met in Montgomery, Alabama. Encore Rehabilitation founders and owners, Paul Henderson, PT, and Paige Plash, PT, led the meeting of Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, and Administrative Management.
Encore Sports Medicine has been providing Sports Medicine Coverage to colleges, high schools, and communities for 38 years! We LOVE to see you move!
For more information about our Sports Medicine Program, visit our website at encorerehab.com or contact Gary Barfield at 404-933-4336.