Inside Bulldog Athletics
The Athletic Trainers at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) are responsible for the delivery of health care to all student-athletes participating in sponsored UMD athletic events. The UMD Sports Medicine Staff will provide reasonable medical coverage for all student-athletes who compete in intercollegiate athletics. Each member of the athletic training staff will do his/her equal share to provide this service.
The Sports Medicine Staff will operate within the guidelines outlined in the UMD Athletic Training Department Policies and Procedures Manual, the NCAA SPORTS MEDICINE HANDBOOK, and the NCAA MANUAL.
Services provided include prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illness sustained as a direct result of participating in practices and or games. The program also provides educational opportunities for students interested in learning about and obtaining experience in a sports medicine environment.
Definition Of An Athletic Trainer
"An athletic trainer is a qualified allied health care professional educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with sports participation. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health care personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics and other athletic health care settings. The athletic trainer functions in cooperation with medical personnel, athletic administrators, coaches, and parents in the development and coordination of efficient and responsive athletic health care delivery systems."
Athletic Training Education
The athletic trainer's professional preparation is directed toward the development of specified competencies in the following domains: prevention, recognition and evaluation, management/treatment and disposition, rehabilitation, organization and administration, and education and counseling. Through a combination of formal classroom instruction and clinical experience, the athletic trainer is prepared to apply a wide variety of specific health care skills and knowledge within each of the domains. Please visit the Athletic Training Education website for more information.