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Athletic Trainer's Page
Athletic Trainer: Chris Martin
Phone Number: (732) 549-7600 Ext. 240
E-Mail: martinch@stjoes.org

What is an Athletic Trainer?

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.
Courtesy of the National Athletic Trainers Association

What's the difference between Athletic Training and Personal Training?

Athletic Trainers have a medical base and education, dealing with prevention, assessment, and rehabilition of muscloskeletal injuries.  Whereas personal trainers are not allied health care professionals and focus solely on fitness and conditioning. Furthermore, Athletic Trainers (who should never be referred to as “trainers”) also have higher educational and certification standards than personal trainers; they maintain certification through the Board of Certification, an organization independent of NATA (National Athletic Trainers Association). They have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, with 70% having a master’s or higher.

- NATA Press Release



Athletic Training Club

  • What is it?
    • It is a way to learn more about the profession of Athletic Training.
  • What will students learn?
    • Students will learn basic Athletic Training skills and practice them in live on-field situations as well as in the athletic training room.
    • They will learn Anatomy and Physiology of frequent injuries
    • Evaluation techniques
    • Taping and bracing techniques
    • Rehabilitation techniques
    • And much more!
  • How do students join?
    • Visit the Athletic Training room AFTER school, and see Mr. Martin.




Injury of the Week

Lateral Ankle Sprain
  • History:
    • Onset: Acute
    • Pain Characteristics: Sharp pain over the sinus tarsi area as well as under the lateral malleolus (outside ankle bone)
    • Mechanism: Plantarflexion, Inversion, talar rotation.
    • Predisposing Conditions: Poor neuromuscular control, poor proprioception, history of previous ankle sprains, achilles tendon tightness
  • Inspection (what you see): Swelling around the invovled area, possible ecchymosis (discoloration)
  • Palpation (what you touch): (+) pain along involved ligaments
    • Anterior Talofibular Ligament
    • Calcaneofibular ligament