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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 (AMA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.


What is an Athletic Trainer?

Certified athletic trainers (ATCs) 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 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 American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes athletic training as an allied health care profession, and recommends certified athletic trainers be in every high school to keep America’s youth safe and healthy.

Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree.

Certified athletic trainers have fulfilled the requirements for certification established by the Board of Certification (BOC) for athletic trainers. Once certified, ATs must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. In the state of Virginia, ATs are required to be licensed by the Virgnia Board of Medicine.


Athletic Training Services

The athletic training facility is a co-educational space at Justice High School where injured athletes can be evaluated and/or treated for their conditions. Should we suspect an injury that requires imaging or further evaluation, we will communicate with parents about setting up a visit with our team physician or another physician of your choosing. The athletic training facility is equipped with ice, moist heat packs, a Game Ready® machine, an electric stimulation and ultrasound machine, as well as various exercise devices. We have standing orders from our team physician to use these modalities. Although we typically see more acute and chronic conditions, we also have plenty of experience in the rehabilitation of post-surgical procedures (ACL reconstructions, meniscus repairs, labral repairs, etc). We are happy to coordinate care with your treating physician and/or physical therapist.

Athletic Training Facility Hours

The Athletic Training Facility is open on most school days beginning at 3:00 pm. On game days, an athletic trainer is on campus until the end of the last competition. On non-game days, the AT is available until the start of the last practice. Hours are subject to change due to holidays and early dismissals. Follow us on Twitter @JusticeWolvesAT for any schedule changes.


Sports Physicals Night at Justice High School

One of the requirements to try-out for a sport is a physical exam. To help facilitate this process, the Justice athletic training program hosts a sports physicals night each spring. Local physicians, nurses, physical therapists, athletic trainers and EMTs volunteer their time and expertise to this event. Participating students receive a comprehensive physical exam and the required VHSL form is immediately filed in the student's athletic medical record for the following school year. There is no need to turn in the form and no chance for it to get misplaced. This event also serves as a fundraiser for the athletic training program. FCPS provides no funding to schools for medical supplies or equipment.

Justice's Annual Sports Physical Night, originally scheduled for June 2, 2020, has been cancelled.