Athletic Training Corner

Welcome to the Athletic Training Corner. Here you will find information on pertinent topics related to athletic injuries and/or performance. This information is updated monthly by Thompson Health's athletic training staff.

Each month’s topic will be relevant to the types of sports going on at the time.


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As many as 3.8 million sports or recreation related concussions occur in the United States each year. Most people with a concussion get better, but it is important to give your brain time to heal.


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During this time of year, athletes need to take precautions against heat illness. Even when the temperature isn’t as hot, humidity can cause problems. There are several different types of heat illnesses. This month, the AT Corner will teach you how to prevent them, recognize them when they do occur, and properly treat them.

Common Elbow Injuries

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During the summer months, many people stay active by playing golf or tennis. These sports, however, carry a risk of injury to the tendons – bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones – in the elbow. This month’s AT Corner will explain how these injuries happen, how to treat them if they occur and, most importantly, how to prevent them.

Shin Splints

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The term "shin splints" is often used to describe a variety of lower leg problems. However, it actually refers specifically to a condition called Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS).

TUFF CUFF: Strengthen your shoulder for throwing sports

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Tuff Cuff is a program that teaches you how to increase the endurance and strength of the smaller intrinsic muscles of the rotator cuff and elbow joint. Due to the role these muscles play in acceleration and deceleration during the throwing motion, there is a great deal of stress placed upon them throughout a season.

National Athletic Training Month

Please join us in celebrating National Athletic Training Month by taking this opportunity to learn more about the profession.

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What does a certified athletic trainer do?
Certified athletic trainers are medical experts in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. Athletic trainers can help you avoid unnecessary medical treatment and disruption of normal daily life. If you’re injured, they can get you on the mend and keep you on the move. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health care profession, and the AMA recommends ATs in every high school to keep America’s youth safe and healthy.