March is National Athletic Training Month as well as Brain Injury Awareness Month. It’s
a natural partnership to recognize them together, because athletic trainers play a key role
in preventing, assessing and managing concussions.
A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A
concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur
from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.
Concussions can have a more serious effect on a young, developing brain and need to be
addressed correctly. That’s where athletic trainers come in. Athletic trainers, like those at
Student Athlete Foundation of Kansas City (SAFEKC), are board-certified medical
professionals that care for the health and injury needs of athletes.
Athletic trainers educate coaches, school and league administrators, parents and other
medical professionals about prevention and care of concussions in athletes. Athletic
trainers assess athletes during practices, games and workouts, recognizing signs and
symptoms of concussion and helping athletes access appropriate treatment and
rehabilitation. We work closely with medical teams to rehabilitate young athletes and
manage strict return-to-school and return-to-play protocols that help them recover in the
safest manner possible.
If your student athletes participate in sports, dance or other physical activities, make sure
they have certified athletic trainers available to help prevent and manage potential
traumatic brain injuries like concussions. Contact SAFEKC to learn more about how you
can schedule affordable concussion screenings for your team or league, or seminars with
expert concussion specialists on our sports medicine team. These sessions can be
scheduled in tandem with the Health & Wellmobile program. Learn more by visiting
www.safekc.org or call (913) 236-0066.