Jan 14 – Chap 2: organizing and administering an athletic health care
Rules of Operation for And Athletic Healthcare Program
• Determine who will take care of athletic health care facility
• Must develop policies and procedures (delineate daily routine of program)
Define Scope of program
• Who will be served by program?
• Athlete: to what extent and what service will be rendered
• Institution: who else can be served medically and educationally and
what are the legalities
Facility Personnel Coverage
• Budgetary concerns may be a limiting factor
• What personnel are available?
• Different institutions (including high schools) have different levels of
coverage based on personnel and risks involved with sports
Hiring a Certified Athletic Trainer in Secondary Schools
• Problems occurring later from improperly managed injuries could be avoided
with proper management from an athletic trainer
• According to the NATA: all secondary schools should provide the services of a
full time, on site, certified athletic trainer (ATC) to student athletes.”
• American Academy of Pediatrics (1998) adopted a policy recommending
employment of athletic trainers in the high school setting Athletic Health Care Facility Policies
• Facility should be used only for prevention and care of sports injuries
• Rules must be established in the interest of sanitation (OSHA – occupational
safety and health administration) see focus box 2-2
• Policies regarding environmental conditions and emergency protocols should
also be set
Keeping Facilities Clean
• Rules concerning room cleanliness and sanitation must be set and made
known to population using facility
• Examples include: no swearing, food, tobacco, equipment in training room
and showering prior to treatment
• Preventing spread of infectious disease is everyones responsibility
• Must adhere to OSHA standards and guidelines
• Cleaning responsibilities are divided between athletic training staff and
• Division of responsibilities: maintenance crew: sweep floors daily, clean and
disinfect sinks and tubs, mop hydrotherapy room, empty trash
• Athletic training staff: clean treatment tables, disinfect hydrotherapy
modalities daily, clean equipment regularly
• Note OSHA website and have an understanding of what OSHA does. OH & S is
the Canadian based version of OSHA responsible for occupational safety and
• OSHA, stands for occupational safety and health administration and is
responsible for setting safety standards in workplaces
Establishing Healthy Habits for the Athlete • Promotion of good health and hygiene is critical
• Are the athletes cleared to play?
• Is each athlete insured?
• Does the athlete promptly report injury and illness?
• Does the athlete follow good living habits?
• Do they avoid sharing clothes and towels?
• Does the athlete exhibit good hygiene practices?
• Does the athlete avoid common drinking sources?
• Accessibility to phones in all major areas of activity is a must