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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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Ultra CTS® Ankle Brace Explained

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 29, 2018 8:44:46 AM / by Rick Peters posted in Athletic Training, Ultra CTS, Acute Ankle Injuries

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What is your go-to ankle brace for acute ankle injuries? Don’t have one? It turns out you’re not alone.

When it comes to bracing acute ankle injuries, many AT’s end up using a walking boot because they are lacking a sufficient ankle brace alternative. Seeing this void in the marketplace led the ATs at Ultra Ankle to develop the first ankle brace specifically designed to treat/brace acute ankle injuries – the Ultra CTS (Custom Treatment System).

With the Ultra CTS ankle brace we address the two features needed most when bracing acute ankle injuries – maximum ankle and lower leg stabilization combined with reducing weight bearing pain. 

Athletic Trainers: Learn More about the Ultra CTS Ankle Brace

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My Favorite “Non-Athletic” Athlete Injuries

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 23, 2017 3:26:56 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Athletic Training

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As athletic trainers I feel like we’ve heard every story in the book when it comes to injuries that supposedly happened “at practice” or “during the game” but just so happened to not be reported until the following day. Coincidentally enough, these mysterious injuries usually surface on Monday mornings or after an extended break.

Typically, when the athlete describes how the injury occurs, the explanation sounds a little fishy and the more you probe for details, the more the story keeps changing. At this point in the conversation you’ve probably concluded the athlete is suffering from what we call a “non-athletic” athlete injury. Recently I was reminded of some of these stories and wanted to share three of my favorites I’ve heard over the years.

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Athletes Still Getting Injured in Ankle Braces?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 31, 2017 11:50:11 AM / by Rick Peters posted in Athletic Training

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As an AT I work a lot of tournaments where I hear “Why am I injuring my ankle even though I wear an ankle brace?”  As all AT’s know, braces are designed to lessen the severity should an injury occur, but are you recommending the most effective ankle brace to help prevent those injuries?

Evaluating the most effective ankle brace starts with taking a look at it's design and ability to provide long-lasting joint support. Any ankle brace can feel supportive when you first apply it, but what happens to that brace in 30 minutes? An hour? Is there any support left?  Here is a breakdown as to why some brace designs work well for long-lasting ankle support, while others fall short.

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An Athletic Trainers Least Favorite Athlete Trends

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 22, 2017 4:21:40 PM / by Leann Thibo posted in Athletic Training

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Athletic trainers see it all. We don’t need to read magazine articles or keep a close eye on professional sports to understand what the latest craze is among athletes. Popular products, training techniques, diets, miracle cures, and even hairstyles trickle down into every level and league imaginable. Some of the more aggravating aspects of sports culture seem to turn into annoying trends that spread from sport to sport and stick around for way too long. Listed below are a few that are slightly exasperating to me as an athletic trainer.

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The Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Combating Stress

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2017 4:09:18 PM / by Leann Thibo posted in Athletic Training

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The athletic trainer is often spread thin to meet the needs of his or her employer, athletes, coaches, team physicians, athletic director, and parents. Many of us understood the trials of this profession before graduating with our bachelor’s degree, however, being our young and go-getting selves we pushed on, determined to overcome. After a few years as a certified I began to see how the stressors of being an athletic trainer could possibly not be worth their weight.

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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 Training, Athletic Trainers

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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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5 Things to Never Say to an Athletic Trainer

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 23, 2016 11:39:02 AM / by Rick Peters posted in Athletic Training

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Since athletic trainer's are in the midst of one of the busiest times of their year, we thought it might be fun to post a reminder of five things we as athletic trainer's are tired of hearing this time of year. I teamed up with my good friend and fellow athletic trainer, Glen Snow, to write this blog and it's our hope that you'll end up sharing it with your good friends that happen to be fellow ATCs as well.

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5 Tips for Athletic Trainers to Craft Better Bids

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 22, 2016 10:18:07 AM / by Rick Peters posted in Athletic Training

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It’s that time of year when athletic trainers start purchasing supplies for the upcoming season. By now you’ve probably completed your comprehensive inventory and have a good idea of what you have in stock and what you need to order. Make sure you get the products you need while getting the most out of your budget with these five tips: 

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How ATCs Can Make the Most of NATA 2016

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 15, 2016 3:28:23 PM / by Rick Peters posted in Athletic Training

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It’s off to Baltimore this week for our annual Clinical Symposium & AT Expo. This is always an exciting time of the year for athletic trainers because we get to visit with old friends, learn new techniques, pick up some well needed CEUs, and especially this year, eat some good seafood.  

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