Athletic Training Outreach by Athletico


Athletic Training Outreach

Athletic training is practiced by Certified Athletic Trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, elevation, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Click here for more information.

If your organization is in need of an Athletic Trainer, please click here: Athletic Training Coverage Application

What is an Athletico Certified Athletic Trainer?

An Athletico Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) is an allied health professional who holds, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and has fulfilled the requirements for certification established by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC). In addition, he or she has passed the certification examination administered by the NATABOC and has met all requirements to maintain certification. Only after successfully completing the certification examination are athletic trainers entitled to use the designation “ATC.” In addition to the certification designated by the NATABOC, all Athletico Athletic Trainers are licensed professionals in their state of employment and as required by law.

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Athletico Certified Athletic Trainers are highly skilled and educated health professionals who work under the direction of physicians to provide optimal health care for student-athletes. With a bachelor’s or post-graduate degree in athletic training, health, physical education or exercise science, the AT has an extensive background in human anatomy, human physiology, biomechanics and exercise physiology. In addition, he or she is trained in the recognition, rehabilitation, treatment and management of injuries, as well as in nutritional and psychological counseling. Athletico ATs are well prepared to apply skills for the prevention of injury, to provide care for an acute injury, and to manage rehabilitation after an injury. In addition to requirements for certification, many states have laws regulating the practice of athletic training. Based on these qualifications, the certified athletic trainer, other than a physician, is the most qualified individual to deal with secondary school athletic injuries on a daily basis.

Administrators, coaches, parents and physicians who have had the opportunity to work
with Athletico Certified Athletic Trainers appreciate the increased communication that has been provided. Coaches and administrators are confident that a licensed professional is present with knowledge of injury management – not only for emergency situations, but also to make an objective evaluation of the athlete’s health status prior to his or her return to play. Physicians and parents appreciate the fact that this licensed professional is associated with the school and/or district and will have contact with the injured athlete on a daily basis. The physician is also more comfortable knowing that the Athletico AT will make sure that his or her directions are followed in both the athletic training room and rehabilitative clinical settings. Parents are reassured that an allied health professional is looking out for the best interests of the health and safety of their son/daughter on a daily basis.

What is the Educational Background of an Athletico Certified Athletic Trainer?

An Athletico AT has an undergraduate degree specific to Athletic Training and is board certified and state licensed. Many of our Athletic Trainers look to advance their knowledge base with additional degrees and certifications such as Masters Degree, Performance Enhancement Certifications and Rehabilitation Certifications such as Active Release Technique and Graston Certified.

Athletico Certified Athletic Trainers are required to be proficient in the following athletico300x250domains:

  • Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection
  • Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
  • Immediate and Emergency Care
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being

Spare The Scalpel: A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Future of Orthopedic Medicine (A TEDx Talk)

Dr. Brian Cole from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush discusses the evolution of orthopedic/sports medicine and the role of regenerative medicine, and medical technology…past, present and future. Presented on April 30, 2016 at the TEDxRushU Event, Rush University Medical Center.

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TED is an annual event where innovative, interesting, and motivated individuals are invited to share their insights and passions. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our future. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and a “journey into the future.”

Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA, is a Professor in the Department of Orthopedics with an appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois; Chairman of Surgery at Rush Oak Park Hospital and head of the world’s most active Cartilage Research and Restoration Center specializing in alternatives to joint replacement for arthritis. He is a Team physician for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and DePaul University.

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Poor Diet Is The Greatest Risk To Worldwide Health, Report Says

Obesity is climbing, and it’s a bigger risk than you might think.

Diet-related disease is not just an American problem.

Across the globe, poor diets now pose a greater collective health risk than unsafe sex, alcohol, drugs and tobacco use combined, according to a new report by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

“This snuck up on us,” report co-author Patrick Webb, a nutrition professor at Tufts University and policy and evidence advisor to the panel, told The Huffington Post.“The key point is that poor quality of diets is now the single biggest contributor to the global burden of non-communicable disease.”

Members of the Global Panel, an independent group of food and nutrition researchers funded by the U.K. government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are worried that poorer, developing countries around the world will see a spike in diet-related diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. And this makes sense: Obesity rates are climbing in all 190 countries, and research shows obesity increases the risk of all these diseases.

Non-communicable diseases can be influenced or acquired by individual behavior, and, Webb argues, due to the choices people make. The report shows that even people who can otherwise access and eat healthy food are choosing food detrimental to their own health.

“If current trends continue,” the researchers wrote, “the combined number of overweight and obese individuals will increase from 1.33 billion in 2005 to 3.28 billion in 2030.”

It’s well known in the U.S. that common barriers to fresh, healthy foods include access and cost, thus lower-income families more often reach for cheap, processed meals. Yet this study shows that being poor wherever you are in the world results in an unhealthy diet. The report noted that developing countries have the fastest growing sales for processed foods that contribute calories, sugar, salt and fat, but deliver little in the form of fruits, vegetables, legumes and protein. While more women are surviving childbirth and less children die from infectious disease, lifestyle factors such as diet, drug use, high blood pressure and high body mass index now increase risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. So much so that seven out of ten people die around the world due to non-communicable disease and chronic illness.

“Poorer people in the U.S. and around the world are not consuming enough fruits, vegetables, beans and seafood,” Webb said. In some cases it’s living in a remote area that makes getting good food a challenge, but there’s also an uptick in the number of low-income people living in urban environments. “What they can afford is the cheapest, ultra processed food, rather than perishable foods,” he said.

It’s also true that as incomes increased around the world, so did the consumption of unhealthy foods. Just because a person can afford to eat high quality, healthy food doesn’t mean they will ― making higher incomes a “double-edged sword,” Lawrence Haddad, a co-author formerly with the International Food Policy Research Institute, told NPR.

The report did deliver some good news. Over the past 25 years, the world hunger rate fell from 18.6 percent to 11.8 percent, and the percentage of children who are stunted ― often a result of malnourishment ― dropped from 39.6 percent to 23.8 percent.

The report serves as a call to action, as researchers wrote that the “international community needs to step up and accord the goal of healthy diets to all, and extend the same level of focus and commitment that it gave to addressing HIV/AIDS, malaria and smoking.”

The researchers outlined numerous solutions, but several are a broad stroke at best. For example, they wrote that governments and organizations should research agricultural investments worldwide, so the healthiest, most nutrient-dense food is available to the consumer.

Marion Nestle, a food professor and policy expert at New York University, told The Huffington Post she was skeptical the report would lead to action.

“How are governments supposed to do this?” she asked. “These are all great ideas, but without assigning specific responsibility to agencies within governments to carry out these initiatives, the report will go into a drawer and be ignored as so many others have.”

Webb remains hopeful.

“We’re taking the report on the road to engage with policy makers,” he said of Global Plan. “We’re using this report as a wake-up call about the food system. On the government side, there has to be a realization that you can’t address major health problems like diabetes and heart disease just by prescribing medication. It’s a crisis of diets.”

Exercising Doesn’t Just Burn Fat, It Gives You ‘Smart Fat’ Too

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We all know exercise is good for us. It’s good for our hearts. It helps prevent chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity. It helps bust stress. And it even helps us sleep.

Now researchers have uncovered one more benefit: Exercise helps make our metabolisms more efficient. A new study that looked at how our cells work during exercise found that exercising actually converts the type of fat cells we have, changing them from metabolically inactive “white fat” to “brown fat,” which burns more calories.

The new research is some of the strongest evidence yet that the benefits of working out (in terms of your waistline) aren’t limited to the number of calories burned ― and why.

And it helps explain why regular exercise is so key for all those other health outcomes, explained study author Li-Jun Yang, a professor of hematopathology in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine.

“We all know regular exercise is good for our health,” Yang told The Huffington Post. “But our work provides [additional] direct biological explanations or mechanisms why people who regularly exercise can maintain lean bodies and stronger bone structure.” Both of these help prevent obesity and metabolic diseases including diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

It’s all thanks to a hormone released during exercise

Researchers believe all of these exercise super powers have to do with a hormone called irisin, which the body produces during exercise.

In a lab experiment the researchers exposed fat cells to irisin, which boosted activity of another protein in the fat cells that actually converted white fat cells into brown fat cells.

Brown fat helps the body burn calories rather than storing them. And brown fat has previously been shown to improve other aspects of our metabolism, too, including insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, which are known to help ward off obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

The fat browning effect from exercise has previously been shown to happen in mice, but this is the first time researchers have observed it happening in human cells.

Irisin’s benefits go beyond getting rid of fat

The researchers also found that when irisin was mixed with stem cells in the fat tissue (the young fat cells that have not yet become full-fledged adult fat cells), instead of actually growing into adult fat cells, the stem cells became another type of cell that help strengthen our bones.

The researchers found 20 to 60 percent fewer fat cells in the tissue that had been soaked with irisin compared with a control group of tissue that had not received the hormone.

It’s important to point out that this research was done in human cells in a lab, not human cells in actual people. The next step is to replicate the experiment in living people to confirm that the hormone actually does work this way in real life, Yang explained to The New York Times.

At this point, the reasons to exercise are pretty convincing, Yang told HuffPost.

But this new study may add a little extra motivation that making it part of your regular routine has benefits that are way more than skin deep.

By Sarah DiGiulio, Sleep Reporter, The Huffington Post