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What Is An Athletic Trainer? What Do Athletic Trainers Do?

When people ask me what I do for work, I tell them “I’m an athletic trainer”. Their response is usually, “Oh, cool! So do you like train athletes, then?” No, no, no, no, no. I do not train athletes. Coaches train athletes. I am not a coach. Certified Personal Trainers (CPT) train athletes (and the general public). I am not a personal trainer. I am a medical professional whose patients are athletes.

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Why Athletes Should Train In The Off-Season: Part 1 - Combat Detraining

Athletes work very hard during pre-season practice and during the season to gain strength, agility, and cardiovascular endurance. Strength training, sprinting drills, suicides, dribbling drills, passing drills, there are endless ways coaches train athletes to be excellent.  For most athletes, the sport season lasts about 3 months; for really athletic people the other ¾ of the year is spent on travel teams or participating in other sports.

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5 Issues Athletes Struggle With When Benched Due To Injury: #5 "I'm Letting People Down"

Athletes are under a lot of pressure on the field. They put pressure on themselves to remember the play. They feel the pressure of their team counting on them to defend the goal. They feel the pressure of the coach counting on them to be a good role model. They feel the pressure of their parents wanting them to succeed. They may also feel pressure to impress scouts so they might be able to afford college. That’s a lot of pressure for an athlete to bear. When they are performing well, they get a sense of pride knowing they did what was expected of them. But when they perform poorly, this pressure can lead to an increase in stress.

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5 Issues Athletes Struggle With When Benched Due To Injury: #4 Loss Of Important Relationships

Getting involved in sports gives kids ample opportunities to build relationships with positive peers and adult role models. The relationships they build with upperclassmen, their team captain, the assistant coach, the athletic trainer, give them a support system of healthy adult relationships that pour strength and direction into their life. Teenagers and young adults rely heavily on their role model relationships. These people encourage them, support them, motivate them. Just one “good work” from the assistant coach or a high five from the team captain can substantially improve any day. Approval from these people helps them feel accepted,  and understood. These people have to power to encourage the development of positive behavior traits in your athlete as they progress through their teen years. These relationships are so powerful and meaningful.

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5 Issues Athletes Struggle With When Benched Due To Injury: #3 Stress Relief

Living life as a teenager is not easy. School stresses, friendship stresses, puberty stresses, and now in the world of social media, kids rarely get a break from the social stress. Participating in sports is a great way to relieve stress and deal with daily frustrations in a healthy way. Exercising releases endorphins which are happy brain chemicals that are released in the brain. Endorphins are known to help with coping, reducing depression and anxiety, boosting self-esteem, and improving sleep. Participating in sports every day not only gives your child the sense of satisfaction with overcoming obstacles, it also releases a whole host of positive brain chemicals that help your athlete cope with the stress of the day to day.

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5 Issues Athletes Struggle With When Benched Due To Injury: #2 The Ability To Overcome Obstacles

Enrolling your kids in sports has so many benefits, but one of the big ones is giving them a place to encounter challenges and overcome them. Sports provide a great sense of accomplishment for many kids, its where they achieve goals, improve skills, challenge opponents. This develops a strong sense of self-efficacy. (Which is a term you probably haven't heard since you were in high school yourself.) Self-efficacy is a belief in your ability to achieve goals. Sports provide an endless supply of situations where an athlete can build this trait. They improve their race time, learn new ball handling skills, learn a new on field play, take on a difficult opponent.

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5 Issues Athletes Struggle With When Benched Due To Injury: #1 Loss of Identity and Social Circle

When a relative or friend asks your kid what they like to do they usually have a similar response. Fill in the blank here: “I am a _____.” (Soccer player, dancer, football player, wrestler, gymnast…) And if this person knows you or your kid at all, they probably don’t even have to ask because your family revolves around it.

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5 Issues Athletes Struggle With When Benched Due To Injury: Intro

Athletes, especially teenagers, take a lot of pride in what they do. They thrive on the court, the field, the mat, it’s when they feel the most themselves. Getting sidelined by an injury is a really difficult thing for a high school or college athlete to experience, it affects their whole life. The grief these athletes experience while being benched is real, its painful, and it’s often hard to communicate with family about what it is they need. More often than not, the people they need most are the people they end up lashing out at in frustration.

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