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Monday, March 10, 2014
The following are frequently asked questions received by certified athletic trainers. If you have additional questions please feel free to Ask an Athletic Training Expert.
Creatine and nutritional supplements are currently being discussed extensively in the sports medicine community. While the verdict is still out on the long-term effects of supplementation, it is important for active people to realize these supplements are not regulated by the FDA. This means there is no way of knowing whether or not the ingredients listed on the package are the ingredients in the package. It is important to consult with your physician regarding any supplementation, even if it is "all natural."
When a person suffers an acute injury, the body acts to splint itself in order to keep the injured area from being moved. This is why you get swelling in the injured area. While swelling can be beneficial to the injury, it can also be very difficult to remove. Swelling can also cause an increase in the length of recovery time. Ice can help decrease the amount of the swelling to the area and in turn cause a decrease in recovery time. Ice can also act as a pain reliever.
Taping is actually a very small portion of a certified athletic trainer's job. Most athletic trainers will spend the majority of their day with evaluation and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. ATCs are also involved with utilizing sports-specific activities, such as throwing a baseball, in order to "ease" an athlete back into athletic competition.
Students interested in athletic training should contact Dr. Mark Merrick at (614)-247-6231 for more information about becoming an athletic training student at Ohio State.
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Last Reviewed: Jul 17, 2009
Angela Justina Beisner, MA, AC
Department of Athletics Instructor
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University