Athletic Training

Trainers--07--08The NATA stands for the National Athletic Trainers Association. It is an professional organization for certified atheltic trainers as well as anyone who may be aspiring to become an athletic trainer. the NATA was established in 1950 with only a few members and has grown today to over 30,000 members. The mission statement of the NATA reads as follows: " the mission of the National Athletic Trainers' Association is to enhance the qualit of health care provided by certified atheltic trainers and to advance the athletic training profession."

Athletic training is a profession that is practiced by athletic trainers and or healthcare professionals in collaboration with team doctors or physicians. However, athletic training does not only pertain to athletics. Major corporations like car manufacturers such as Hundai use athletic trainers in their industrial atmospheres to ensure the safety of their workers. They can also work in clinical settings such as rehab facilities, doctors offices and retirement homes. The majority of athletic trainers choose to stay with atheltics because it is a more exciting atmosphere but other opportunities are out there. You might go as far as to say that athletic trainers are doctors with out the title of Dr.

Athletic trainers are involved with the on field care of an athlete. They participate in the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency situations. They are required to CPR certified as well as AED certified and certified as a first responder and emergency responder. In a clinical setting, athletic trainers act just as a physical therapist would; creating exercise and rehab programs for injured athletes, using theraputic modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation as part of their treatments for athletes. Athletic trainers are not just standing on the sidelines in case of an emergency but they are also there to help prevent injury from occuring in the first place.

It is the athletic tranier's responsibility to educate athletes and other individulas such as EMT's and paramedics on how to best prevent injury or in the case of EMT's and paramedics, proper spine boarding techniques etc. Every year the Plymouth State Athletic Training Department holds a convention every year that educates individulas in the surrounding area on the proper techinques of helmet removal, spine boarding techniques and concussions.

Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an Allied Health Profession though they are not treated as such. They are looked down upon by physical therapists and doctors and are seen as an expendable profession; but the truth is that without athletic trainers there would be no one to do any on field evaluations of athletes or immediate clinical evaluations of atheltes proceeding an injury sustained. The only difference between athletic trainers and physical therapists or doctors is that they are not permitted to perscribe medications. Other than that there is not really a difference between the professions.


Tattoos in the Workplace

I'm a big believer in nonconformity in that you shouldn't have to follow the rules of society to try and fit in. One of the major problems i feel is having tattoos that must be hidden in a work setting. I know that some jobs don't require you to hide your tattoos but a lot of us will be working in the business world or become teachers or work in some sort of a clinical setting. it is these jobs that i do not agree with having to hide your tattoos.

Now even though i am against having to hide tattoos at your place of business i still believe there is a line that should not be crossed. For example if you work in the school system you should not have a tattoo that says anything vulgar or has a tattoo of something  inappropriate; something like that goes without saying. However, if the tattoos are not in any way shape or form inappropriate or offensive whats the big deal?

For a long time tattoos have been assiciated with groups like gangs, thugs or bikers; your general trouble makers. But in our society today tattoos are everywhere; everyone has either thought about getting a tattoo or already has one. I'm willing to bet that even if you were to ask a school teacher or a high ranking businessman whether or not they have any tattoos they probably would. They are just forced to place them somewhere where no one can see them. Society has pounded into our heads that tattoos don't look professional but who is to say what looks professional or not? There is no written rule that says what is professional or not.

Here is a link to the city of East Palo Alto CA and their policy on tattoos.

In every place that i have worked there has been a policy about not being able to have tattoos that show. Just for a little backround on where i have worked since i have been old enough to get tattoos, i have worked as a cook in a restaurant where for 3 years i did not come into contact with any customers. I worked in the kitchen and that was it. One day i asked my boss who also has tattoos, why we couldnt show any of them. he told me it was because it looks unprofessional. In response to what he said i told him that its not like we have to deal with customers in the kitchen so whats the big deal? He could not come up with an answer for me. I then worked in a McDonald's where i once again worked in the kitchen and that was it. i never once had to deal with a customer and i never understood what the problem was with having tattoos that were visable. it just goes to show that employers are stuck in the "Old days" where they where they grew up brainwashed to think that tattoos were only for thugs and gang members or trouble makers. in todays society times have changed. everyone is getting tattoos and are being forced to place them in areas where they can not be seen. they are no longer they symbols of immaturity or signs of troubled individulas. having visable tattoos in a professional setting has nothing to do with acting professionally.

Here is another link of one CEO who offered a 1,000 dollar bonus to any employee who was willing to get a tattoo if the company logo in a visable place -->

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