What is Athletic Training?
Athletic Trainers are unique health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses under the direction of a physician. Athletic Training is practiced by Certified Athletic Trainers, Health Care Professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. – NATA.org
Bethesda’s athletic training services are provided through Chatham Orthopaedic Associates. The 2020-2021 school marks the 1st year of partnership with Chatham Orthopaedic to provide a full time certified athletic trainer. The certified athletic trainer covering Bethesda Academy is Chelsea Shafer ATC, LAT .
In addition to regular responsibilities of an athletic trainer, she is responsible for coordinating preseason physicals for all students, ensuring that all medical paperwork is filled out and on file with the school, and coordinating concussion baseline testing or high school athletes prior to the start of their season. It is our mission to provide comprehensive healthcare for students and athletes at Bethesda Academy and safely return them to play.
Chelsea Shafer ATC, LAT
Office location: Bethesda’s Hugh Bell Rehabilitation Center located to the right of the gym.
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Students interested in a future in sports medicine who may wish to be a student aid to the athletic trainer may attend a course to learn more and prepare them:
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