CODY WATKINS, M.Ed, LAT, ATC
COLIN DRINKARD, MS, LAT, ATC
What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic Trainers (AT’s) are multi-skilled allied health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative injury services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic Trainers are nationally certified through the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC), and state licensed to care for athletes and other active populations.
What do we provide student athletes at Westlake High School?
Staff Athletic Trainers at Westlake High School provide medical coverage for all UIL-sanctioned sports, including practices and competitions. Our scope of practice allows us to evaluate emergency medical injuries on the field of play and coordinate care with physicians and emergency personnel in the area. Athletic Trainers determine the ability of an athlete to compete or aid in the referral of proper care to ensure the athletes safety and recovery.
Athletic Trainers play a large role in treatment and rehabilitation of athletes in order to return to them from acute and chronic injuries. In the athletic training facility, ATs coordinate therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries. Our treatment philosophy utilizes compression, cryo, and manual therapy in order to facilitate functional progressions and ultimately, safe-return-to-play. Specializations in concussion management, functional movement, and performance allow us to ensure quality and competent care with each individual.
A 2016 Study of 263 regional AT’s assessments alongside doctors, found that 92% of the diagnoses by AT’s were agreed on by physicians. Please see the published study: Accuracy of Athletic Trainer and Physician Diagnoses in Sports Medicine