The Northern Burlington County Regional School District Athletic Training staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of healthcare to our student-athletes. We aim to provide quality care and evaluation for injuries, as well as education in injury prevention and rehabilitation. We are committed to providing effective communication, and continual efforts to deliver the best and latest treatments available. As a part of the Athletic Health Care Team, the athletic training staff will create a plan of care that assists student-athletes in reaching their goals both on and off the field.
What is Athletic Training?
Athletic Training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association, Health Resources Services Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services as an allied health care profession. https://www.nata.org/about/athletic-training
Who are Athletic Trainers?
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education, training and the state's statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. The NATA Code of Ethics states the principles of ethical behavior that should be followed in the practice of athletic training.
Return to Play after an injury
Please note that athletes who are injured should not return to sports until they are cleared to do so by their physician and one of Northern Burlington’s certified athletic trainers. Those who see a physician must have written physician clearance to return to sports.
If you take your child to a doctor
Please bring our Physician Evaluation Form with you. This allows the doctor to indicate any treatment or rehabilitation that can be provided at school, and also to indicate return to play status. Please have the physician complete this form and then have the athlete return the form to the athletic training office.
Minor injuries that have been evaluated by the athletic training staff that do not require a physician evaluation need only to be cleared by one of the athletic trainers to return to play. Please note regarding concussions, we follow return to play guidelines as determined by our school policy and state law, based on the latest published guidelines. If your doctor indicates “no concussion” or a return to play procedure that differs from our school policy, it must be approved by our school physician.
Athletic Training Student Aide
The purpose of the Northern Burlington Athletic Training Student Aides (ATSA) is to introduce students to the field of Sports Medicine. ATSAs will assist the certified athletic trainers in tasks that allow for a smooth and effective flow of athletic training services. Becoming an ATSA gives a student the opportunity to learn in a team environment, gain priceless experience as a first aid caregiver and develop compassion along with adult responsibility. Students interested in becoming an ATSA should complete a sports physical packet and reach out to an Athletic Trainer for more information.
Safe Sports Award
Northern Burlington School District is a two time Safe Sports Award winning school beginning in 2016 to the present. This award recognizes schools that are committed to the highest standards of student-athlete safety. The National Athletic Trainers Association recognizes the efforts that schools take to institute the highest degree of safety for their student-athletes in the following areas.
Components included in consideration for the Safe Sports award expect that schools promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities as well as plan for selection, fit, function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment. In addition schools should provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes while they also develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions. Steps Award recipients have also taken steps to provide or facilitate injury intervention. Award eligible schools will create and rehearse venue-specific Emergency Action Plans and provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education. Alongside these other key components, these prestigious schools will continuously educate athletes and parents about the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their own personal responsibilities.