Athletic Trainer Services
For more information about our athletic training program, please contact David Maxted, Director of Sports Medicine Programs, at 484-884-0625.
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is proud to offer athletic training services to 10 school districts, four colleges, two sports teams, the Velodrome Cycling Center and various youth leagues, tournaments, and events. Our licensed athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians in preventing, diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating various medical conditions involving sports injury or physical limitation. They are regulated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Athletic Trainers Board of Certification.
Athletic trainers evaluate the sports injuries and physical limitations of a competitive athlete with the goal of returning the athlete to his or her sport. Athletic trainers should not be confused with personal trainers, who generally work with specific clients in search of improving their overall level of fitness.
Our model of care is built around the premise of providing high level injury evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation on site, limiting unnecessary visits to physicians and physical therapy.
- Staff includes more than 30 certified and licensed athletic trainers
- Preferred scheduling to LVHN services when needed
- Staff maintains consistent professional development to make sure athletes are receiving the most up-to-date care
LVHN athletic trainers are contracted to serve the following schools and school districts:
- Allentown Central Catholic High School
- Catasauqua High School
- Emmaus High School
- Eyer Middle School
- Lower Macungie Middle School
- Lehighton High School
- Minersville School District
- Nativity BVM High School
- Northwestern Lehigh High School
- Panther Valley High School
- Salisbury High School
- Salisbury Middle School
They also are contracted to serve the following colleges:
They serve the following area sports teams:
The athletic trainer is there for the athlete throughout all steps of the injury-rehabilitation process. An athletic trainer evaluates the injury when it occurs and makes the final evaluation to ensure a safe return to competition. LVHN athletic trainers work at the schools every day for one-on-one interaction with student-athletes. They cover all practices and are present at all home competitions. They are present for all football games, home and away. They attend all playoff competitions in all sports when available.
The LVHN athletic training department has developed the following protocols that have been adopted by all schools and colleges currently under contract:
- Emergency action plan – appropriate procedures and standards of care to be used in an emergency situation involving a student-athlete
- Concussion management protocol – proper methods for the recognition, evaluation and management of a student-athlete who appears to have sustained a concussion
- Sudden cardiac arrest protocol – quick access to required emergency equipment and proper procedures and standards of care in the event of a cardiac event
- Skin infection protocol – proper procedures and standards of care for prevention, recognition and treatment of fungal, viral and bacterial skin infections and diseases in student-athletes
All athletic trainers must have at least a bachelor’s degree from a Board of Certification-accredited program in addition to state licensing. They must also pass a National Board Certification examination. Athletic trainers are required to be proficient in the following areas in order to obtain a degree:
- Risk management and injury prevention
- Pathology of injuries and illnesses
- Orthopedic clinical examination and diagnosis
- Medical conditions and disabilities
- Acute care of injuries and illnesses
- Therapeutic modalities
- Conditioning, rehabilitative exercise and referral
- Psychosocial intervention and referral
- Nutritional aspects of injuries and illnesses
- Health care administration
The following are some of the most common injuries an athletic trainer is likely to encounter during a given sports season: