Q: What is a Certified Athletic Trainer?
A certified athletic trainer, or athletic trainer, certified, is an allied health professional who has a bachelor&'s degree from an accredited college or university and has fulfilled the requirements for certification established by the National Athletic Trainers&' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC). With a bachelor&'s or post-graduate degree in athletic training, health, physical education or exercise science, the ATC has an extensive background in human anatomy, human physiology, biomechanics and exercise physiology. In addition, he or she is trained in the recognition, rehabilitation, treatment and management of injuries, as well as in nutritional and psychological counseling. The ATC is well prepared to apply skills for the prevention of injury, to provide care for an acute injury, and to manage rehabilitation after an injury. Based on these qualifications, the certified athletic trainer, other than a physician, is the most qualified individual to deal with secondary school athletic injuries on a daily basis.

Q: Why do we need an ATC?
There are over 800 athletes (and dancers, ROTC members, marching band, color guard and cheerleaders) on the Point Loma High School campus, who train, compete and perform at the highest levels, with the potential for injuries that may be prevented or mitigated by having a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) on site. Each Athletes&' safety and well being are our primary concern. In the simplest of terms, at PLHS we take of our children.
Q: Is the ATC the same as my trainer at the gym?
No. Athletic Trainers are unique health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries and illnesses. A personal Trainer is a person who prescribes monitors and changes an individual&'s specific exercise program in a fitness or sports setting

Q: Who pays for the ATC&'s salary?
There is NO SDUSD funding for an ATC and the cost to fully staff and supply the Training Department at PLHS for each school year is $30k+. The Protect Our Pointers (POP) committee of the Pointer Association is tasked for raising these funds.

Q: How can I help?
Visit our crowdfunding site to make an online donation at http://plhsathleticsfall2013.mydagsite.com/ Checks payable to: PLHS-PA POP can be mailed to: PLHSPA / POP 1220 Rosecrans St #247, San Diego, CA 92107

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