Athletic Training

Welcome to the Athletic Training & Sports Medicine Page

Athletic Training Room

Located on the Bradenton campus is the main athletic training room. The athletic training room is located in Building 17 – the gymnasium. The athletic training room is equipped with a hydrocollator (hot packs), whirlpool, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and an ice machine. We are also equipped with plenty of supplies to care for acute and chronic injuries.

Athletic Training at a Glance

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. 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.

Athletic training is not the same profession as personal training. And certified athletic trainers work with more than just athletes – they can be found just about anywhere that people are physically active.

To become certified athletic trainers, students must graduate with bachelors or masters degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification. Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. (NATA, 2011)

Sports Medicine at State College of Florida

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota has a full time board certified athletic trainer on staff. Athletic trainers will provide the student-athlete with primary medical care. All illnesses and injuries will be dealt with through the sports medicine department and referred to our team physicians as the illness or injury warrants. The certified athletic trainer will provide treatment and rehabilitation this will include; planning/setting short and long term goals for return to play, therapeutic exercises, therapeutic modalities, administering over-the counter medications (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Aleve, anti-diarrheal – loperamide Hydrochloride, sinus decongestant – phenylephrine, Hay Fever – Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride, or sore throat lozenges), and referral to physician as necessary. The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota sports medicine team consists of team physicians, certified athletic trainers, and athletic training students. These individuals are responsible for the management and care of injuries incurred by student-athletes during their participation in intercollegiate athletics.