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Fitness Professionals, Coaches, and the Sports Medicine Team: Defining Roles


Chapter Objectives
  • Define the umbrella term sports medicine.

  • Identify various sports medicine organizations.

  • Contrast athletic health care in organized versus recreational sport activities.

  • Discuss how fitness professionals, including personal fitness trainers and strength and conditioning coaches, relate to the sports medicine team.

  • Describe the role of an individual supervising a recreational program in athletic injury management.

  • Analyze the role of the athletic administrator in the athletic healthcare system.

  • Describe the role of the coach in injury prevention, emergency care, and injury management.

  • Identify the responsibilities of the athletic trainer in dealing with the injured athlete.

  • Describe the role of the team physician and his or her interaction with the athletic trainer.

  • Explain how the sports medicine team should interact with the athlete.

  • Identify other members of the sports medicine team and describe their roles.










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