Athletic Training Services
Robert Wood Johnson University Somerset provides outreach athletic training services to local secondary schools, colleges, and professional athletes. Athletic Trainers are board certified healthcare professionals who specialize in preventing, evaluating, managing, and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. As part of a complete healthcare team, the athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other professionals such as school nurses, physical therapists, athletics administrators, coaches and parents. Click here for more info about Athletic Training.
Certified athletic trainers’ knowledge base includes:
- Evaluation and assessment of injury and athletic-related illness (including head injuries/concussions)
- Rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries
- Acute/emergency care of injury
- Risk management and injury prevention
- General medical conditions and disabilities
- Health and wellness issues
- Recommendation of appropriate OTC medication use
- Nutritional aspects of injury and illness
- Psychosocial intervention and referral
Currently, RWJ provides outreach Athletic Training services to:
Important info regarding AT services
- Only students that participate on an interscholastic athletic team may take advantage of AT services within the school.
- When a student athlete is injured, the RWJ athletic trainer will assess the athlete’s injury and communicate the participation status and recommended plan of care to the parent/guardian. In the event that it is recommended your child seek further medical evaluation (i.e. imaging, specialist consult, urgent care, or family physician/pediatrician), the trainer will provide an "athletic training referral" form to be given to the healthcare provider the athlete sees.
- If the student athlete sees an outside healthcare professional prior to seeing the trainer, it is important to inform the onsite trainer to ensure consistency of injury care between school-based athletic training care and outside healthcare providers.
- Any student-athlete who sees a physician or outside healthcare provider for a condition which affects participation in school sports must provide a note from their healthcare provider indicating:
- Participation status
- Any additional recommendations, limitations, and/or specific instructions