A sports trainer has an important job within a sporting team. It is often a requirement of the sport that a qualified sports trainer is present with a team to treat and aid in preventing injuries.
What is a Sports Trainer?
If you have ever wondered what the individuals in Fluro shirts who run onto the sports field when a player is injured are – Most of them are qualified sports trainers.
A sports trainer is a vital member of a sporting team support staff who helps to ensure sport is as safe as possible and improve athletic performance. Their major roles are injury prevention, injury management and crisis management within a sporting environment. Sports trainers are highly qualified sports first aid experts that aid in providing preventative measures prior to competition, first aid treatment and emergency care during an event and post competition care when needed.
Trainers play an important role in Australian sporting communities as they are specifically trained to prevent and treat sports specific injuries.
Sports trainers are utilised in a variety of sports and sporting environments. They ensure that there is quick and effective first aid response when needed. In recent years, sports trainers have been in high demand as more teams and sporting codes are putting more emphasis on the need for qualified trainers to aid in the physical care of athletes.
Duties of a Sports Trainer
Sports Trainer levels
There are 2 levels of sports trainer qualifications.
Level 1 Sports Trainer – Assists in the prevention of injuries and provide initial injury management in sporting scenarios. Level 1 trainers hold a minimum of a sports trainer level 1 qualification, provide first aid and CPR certification.
Level 2 Sports Trainer – A level 2 trainer has all of the qualifications that a level 1 does, with an increased knowledge and skill set learned through industry experience and a more advanced trainer course. The level 2 course aims to improve a trainer’s knowledge and ability to provide more advanced services. Level 2 sports trainers hold a minimum of a sports trainer level 2 qualification, provide first aid certificate, Advanced CPR certification, concussion management and spinal management.
All sports trainers are well equipped to provide athletes and sporting teams with the first aid treatment and preventative measures needed to improve performance.
Code of Ethics
Sports trainers are generally affiliated with an organisation that aids in ensuring that all trainers participate in a similar manner and ensure that trainers follow protocols. Many Sports trainers (Including Complete Body Dynamics Trainers) in Australia are affiliated with Sports Medicine Australia (SMA).
SMA outlines that the Code of Ethics a sports trainer must abide by are:
If a Sports
Trainer is found to be acting outside of the above guidelines they will be
investigated by Sports Medicine Australia and possibly have their certification
and accreditation revoked.
A sports trainer plays a vital role in the performance and health of an athlete and should be utilised within a sports team or at sporting events to provide first response care to any individual in need.