Philosophy of the Bishop Diego Athletic Training Program
Education and Certification
The Bishop Diego ATC strives to establish trusting relationships with the athletes, coaching staff, parents, and the medical community. These relationships depend on effective communication between all parties involved, and a commitment to do what's best for the athletes. This demonstrates that the ATC is committed to providing quality care to their athletes.
ATCs, certified by the National ATCs Association's Board of Certification (NATABOC), have at minimum a bachelor's degree. ATCs possess a thorough knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, physiology, as well as the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Certified Athletic Trainers are also educated in nutrition, counseling, psychology, and health care administration. To become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), the candidate must complete a four year bachelor's degree program, numerous internship hours, and then pass the national exam administered by the National Athletic Trainers Association's Board of Certification (NATABOC).
Domains of Athletic Training
Prevention of injuries resulting from physical activity
Recognition, evaluation, and assessment of injuries and conditions resulting from physical activity
Immediate care of injuries resulting from physical activity
Rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries resulting from physical activity
Organization and administration
Professional development and responsibility
Responsibilities of the Certified Athletic Trainer
The ATC is responsible for providing health care for all athletes. In the time between school and practice, the ATC must provide evaluations of injuries to athletes to determine a safe participation status, preventative bracing and taping, and rehabilitative/ reconditioning therapy to any athlete with an injury. Those athletes who are not able to participate in practice or contests must be monitored while they complete their rehabilitative therapy prescribed. The ATC must also be prepared to deal with those injuries that occur throughout each practice or contest.
Athletic Training Room
The Athletic Training Room is located toward the back of the main gym, on the side that is adjacent to the practice gym. There is an entrance through the hallway next to the boy’s locker room and it can be accessed from the Weight Training Room.
The BDHS ATC, is generally available to student-athletes on days of practice from the hours of 2:15 p.m. to approximately 6:15 p.m. At this time injured students receive therapy in the athletic training room when necessary. Due to equipment limitations, some students may require additional assistance from a physical therapy or sports medicine center.
Under current guidelines, not all Bishop athletic competitions can be covered by the ATC. All Varsity Football games, home and away, are covered. Efforts will be made to attend all other home games.