Who is Taking Care of You?
The Bluegrass State Games Medical Staff is comprised of approximately 125 physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians and athletic trainers. The majority of on-site medical coverage is provided by certified and student athletic trainers. Athletic trainers from Kentucky and surrounding states have provided primary health care since the start of the games.
What is an Athletic Trainer?
The certified athletic trainer is a skilled professional specializing in athletic health care. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the Athletic Health Care Team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports teams, industrial and wellness settings and other health care environments.
Certified athletic trainers have, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree, usually in athletic training, health, physical education or exercise science. In addition, athletic trainers study human anatomy, human physiology, athletic training, rehabilitation, nutrition and psychology/counseling.
Certified athletic trainers are experienced in injury evaluation, emergency care and determination of safe return to play. Student athletic trainers assist the certified athletic trainers in providing care. Students have athletic training skills, first aid and CPR knowledge.
For more information on Athletic Training contact:
National Athletic Trainers Association
Phone: (800) 879-6282
The Kentucky Athletic Trainers Society Website: www.kyats.com
Bluegrass State Games Healthy Hints for Participants
1. Familiarize yourself with the location of the medical personnel at your event site.
2. Do not touch or move an injured athlete.
3. Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after competition. Being hydrated is very important in preventing heat-related illnesses and assuring the body performs efficiently.
4. Any activity where you will be in the sun for any length of time, apply a sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
5. Proper stretching will help prevent muscle strains. For any questions or assistance with stretching, contact the athletic trainer at your site.
6. Small blisters can lead to big problems. If a hot spot or blister develops, see an athletic trainer for proper care. Make sure shoes fit properly and wear two pair of socks until the shoes are broken in.
7. Wounds occurring in athletic settings often become infected. Make sure you thoroughly cleanse all wounds to prevent infection. For help or if you have any questions about your wound, see one of the athletic trainers at your site.
8. The best treatment for the majority of sports related injuries is to apply ice. Ice should be applied to the injury for 20 minutes at least four times a day. Any questions, see an athletic trainer at your site.