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Free Taping Clinic to celebrate National Athletic Training Month

Monday, March 15, 2010

March heralds the beginning of spring, and with that comes renewed motivation to get outside and get active. Perhaps that is why March is also recognized as National Athletic Training Month. This year’s theme is “Sports Safety is a Team Effort.” With that in mind, the athletic trainer staff at Fort HealthCare Therapy & Sport is offering a free taping clinic from 10:00 a.m. until Noon on Saturday, April 10. Coaches, of all sports and ages, and high school students are invited to attend free of charge. During the clinic, proper ankle taping techniques will be covered to help coaches and athletes alike learn how to best prevent and treat injuries. The clinic will be held in Fort Memorial Hospital’s Classrooms B and C. To register, contact certified athletic trainer, Sarah Dettwiler at (920) 563-9357 ext. 4369.

When many people hear the terms “athletic training” or “athletic trainer,” they think of a weight-lifting routine or someone who monitors exercise and fitness programs for athletes. A more accurate representation are the first responders when an athlete is injured during a sporting event, though that is only one small piece of the responsibilities for those engaged in sports medicine and athletic training.

Certified athletic trainers (ATC) are experts in the care of the physically active, and are recognized as an allied health care profession. They are responsible for the total healthcare of the athlete and work in areas of injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, nutrition and first aid to name a few. The athletic trainer works under the supervision of a team physician, and makes appropriate referrals when needed.

“Many people have heard of or even worked with an athletic trainer, but many, however, don’t really understand what the athletic trainer does,” said Sarah Dettwiler, ATC. “There is more to the athletic trainer than a fanny pack and tape,” she added.

The athletic trainers’ area of expertise offers a wide array of work opportunities. They are employed with high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports teams, health clinics, hospitals and in many other settings.

“Anywhere that there are physically active individuals, there is a place for athletic trainers,” Dettwiler said.

Athletic trainers have a unique educational background that makes them especially qualified to work with the physically active population. Certified athletic trainers are individuals that have graduated from an accredited athletic training education program and have passed the Board of Certification test. Fort HealthCare has five ATCs on staff at the Therapy & Sport Center.

In May 2010, Fort HealthCare’s Therapy & Sport Center, along with Orthopaedic Associates will move to their new location at 1504 Madison Avenue in Fort Atkinson. A grand opening celebration will take place on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26. More information will follow. For more information on Fort HealthCare’s Therapy & Sport Center, please visit

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