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5 Reasons to Shake Up Your Routine & Reevaluate What You Were Taught as a Student Athletic Trainer

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 15, 2018 10:38:10 AM / by Lauren Dybwad posted in Athletic Training, Athletic Trainers

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If you were like me as an undergrad, then you remember having different preceptors show you how they like to do things in the clinic such as types of treatments, tapings, or bracings. No doubt most of what you learned as a student has stuck with you in your own practice as a now certified athletic trainer. The only problem is how do we know that what we are doing in the clinic is actually the best method of treatment/care?

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Why Athletic Trainers are Rethinking Ankle Braces

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 21, 2017 4:21:44 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Ankle Bracing, Athletic Trainers

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Have you ever thought about the fact that while knee bracing keeps advancing in terms of design and materials, ankle bracing advancement is stagnant? The only difference between the first lace-up (which was introduced over a century ago) and the lace-ups of today is a figure-8 strap has been added.

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Pet Peeves Only Athletic Trainers Understand

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 27, 2016 2:17:00 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Athletic Trainers, Athletic Training

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Every athletic trainer I know, including myself, loves what they do. The day in and day out tasks of working with athletes and teams to keep them safe, healthy, and performing at a high level is something I’ve been passionate about for years. As with any profession, however, there are some pet peeves I've developed over time that relate to my athletic training career. Here are some of them I wanted to share with you that myself and my friend/fellow athletic trainer, Gerald, put together for fun :

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From Walking Boot to Winning

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 28, 2016 4:39:11 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Athletic Trainers, Ankle Injury Prevention, Acute Ankle Injuries

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A few weeks ago I was watching a press conference with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson who was commenting on how the ankle injury he sustained in the previous game was progressing.  When explaining his ankle situation the day after the injury he said the first thing he did was to take off the walking boot, because “You can’t play in a boot.” 

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9 Signs You're Meant to be an Athletic Trainer

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 28, 2016 4:29:22 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Athletic Trainers

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While I have yet to find someone who claims to be passionate about having a sweaty, stinky foot stuck in their face, most athletic trainers I know (myself included) are still passionate about their career as a whole. Taking into consideration the long hours, hectic schedules, and general lack of appreciation of the profession there are still athletic trainers who wouldn’t trade their job for the world.

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Lace-Up Knee Braces Are Great – Right?!

[fa icon="calendar'] May 20, 2016 12:42:59 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Ankle Bracing, Athletic Trainers

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Wrong. Lace-up knee braces haven’t been a preferred bracing technology in decades for multiple reasons – lack of support, restriction of athletic performance, and durability to name a few. We’ve found that while ATC’s would never consider using a lace-up knee brace on their athletes, they commonly advise them to use lace-up ankle braces despite the functional similarities between the two.

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