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.
We would like to wish Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Scott Lochridge a Happy National Athletic Training Month! Thank you for all you do for Cullman High School Athletics and the Cullman community! We are proud to have you on our Team!
We would like to wish Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Bo Shirey a Happy National Athletic Training Month! Thank you for all you do, Bo, providing coverage for Good Hope High School and the Cullman community!
Introducing Alisha Tolbert, Athletic Trainer with Encore Rehabilitation!
Alisha is from Wetumpka, Alabama. She attended Troy University from 2009-2013 where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. She completed an internship with the 2013 North Carolina State Baseball Team and was fortunate to attend the NCAA College World Series with the Wolfpack before starting graduate school at Louisiana State University. From 2013-2015, she completed her Masters in Kinesiology at Louisiana State University as a Graduate Assistant. Upon graduation in 2015, she was hired as the certified Athletic Trainer for the LSU Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Teams. In 2017, she accepted the Athletic Trainer position at Gulf Shores High School. She began the Sports Medicine program at GSHS in the 2019-2020 school year and has enjoyed that aspect of the Athletic Training profession as well. She has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since May 2013 and is thankful to live out her greatest passion mentoring students and providing healthcare for her athletes each and every day.
Thank you for all you do, Alisha! Happy National Athletic Training Month!
Happy National Athletic Training Month to Bridges Johnson, Athletic Trainer with Encore Rehabilitation!
Bridges is in his second year as an Athletic Trainer and in his first year at Daphne High School. Bridges received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and his Master of Education degree from William Carey University.
We are proud to have Bridges on the Encore Sports Medicine Team!
March is National Athletic Training Month! During the Month of March, we will introduce your to our Wiregrass Area Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers.
Darren Phillips graduated from Troy State University in 1994. He also received his Strength and Conditioning Certification in 2005. He enjoys working out and playing golf. Darren is married and has one son. Darren covers many schools in the Wiregrass Area, specifically in Coffee, Covington, and Geneva Counties.
Happy National Athletic Training Month, Darren! We are proud to have you apart of our team!