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Cal South E-News | December 2012 PERFORMANCE TRAINING

December 12, 2012

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The Sports Medicine Team: Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, and Strength Coaches working together for the athlete

by Jay Mathews | CB3 Sports Performance and Jason Smith, DPT | Rozina and Smith Physical Therapy

The term "sports medicine" is used by many different practitioners who provide services for athletes and physically active people. What qualifies someone as a sports medicine practitioner is as varied as the organizations that promote health care and well-being for athletes and non-athletes alike. Practitioners can include physicians, chiropractors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, strength coaches, nutritionists, and more. What we would like to discuss in this article is how three different practitioners can work together to become your sports performance team.

Each professional group has their own sphere of expertise. When the team works together, there is a lot of crossover of the roles and it requires communication between all parties to best treat the athlete. In this setting, the athlete gets the best of each groups expertise which can lead to a positive experience and improved outcome with their injury, rehab, or performance need.

1) Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC): An ATC is a degreed and certified professional recognized by the National Athletic Trainers Association. The principle roles of an ATC are describe by the NATA as:

a. Prevention of injuries/illnesses
b. Recognition and evaluation of injuries
c. Immediate and emergent care of injuries
d. Treatment and rehabilitation of injuries
e. Organization and professional health and well being

If your program has an ATC, he or she is normally the first person to evaluate an injury and will work with a physician to manage the care of the athlete.

2) Physical Therapist (PT): Physical therapists are degreed and licensed professionals recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). As defined by the APTA, a few of the roles of a PT are to:

a. Diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities.
b. Restore, maintain, and promote not only optimal physical function but optimal wellness and fitness and optimal quality of life as it relates to movement and health.
c. Prevent the onset, symptoms, and progression of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities that may result from diseases, disorders, conditions, or injuries.

PT's can work in a variety of clinical settings, carrying out physician referrals for physical therapy. In some cases, schools, groups or clubs will partner with PT facilities to provide rehabilitation to athletes.

3) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS): A CSCS is normally referred to as a strength coach or fitness coach. There are other names and organizations for this, but they can also be called performance enhancement specialists, performance coaches, or trainers. One regulatory body is the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and they note that a CSCS will:

a. Apply scientific knowledge to train athletes to improve athletic performance
b. Conduct sport-specific testing sessions
c. Design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs
d. Provide guidance regarding nutrition
e. Provide guidance regarding injury prevention

Not all schools, clubs or teams have access to a CSCS. A strength coach must recognize that their area of expertise is separate and distinct and will consult with and refer athletes to other professionals when appropriate.

For more information on how we can assist with your sports medicine needs, please contact CB3 at coach@cb3sportsperformance.com or Rozina and Smith at: www.rozinaandsmithpt.com

About CB3 Sports Performance:

CB3 is a multi-sport training center focusing on sports performance programs for every athlete and soccer skills coaching. Carlos Bocanegra, Captain of the 2010 USA World Cup Team, has brought his passion and love sport back to the I.E. Carlos has brought together a team of top level professional coaches and trainers to help train you to improve your skills and athletic ability. The mission of CB3 Sports Performance and Soccer Academy is to provide an elite level environment through coaching, fitness, and performance to empower the athlete to reach their ultimate potential. The building blocks to success at CB3 are built on the principles of Dedication, Determination, and Discipline. For more information, visit http://cb3sportsperformance.com/.