Student Well-Being

Will NFL’s Latest Concussion Move Prompt More K-12 Athletic Trainers?

By Bryan Toporek — December 28, 2011 1 min read

Last week, the National Football League announced that starting this past weekend, a certified athletic trainer will now be sitting in the press box at every NFL game to keep a watch out for possible injuries (largely, concussions).

It’s a move that may eventually pave the way for the realization of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s goal of having an athletic trainer stationed at any school with athletics, NATA president Marjorie Albohm told me yesterday via email.

Under the NFL’s new policy, if the AT notices a player who’s potentially concussed or otherwise injured, he or she will have the ability to call both teams’ sidelines to alert their medical staffs. It’s important to note, however, that the ATs in the press box will

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.