An athletic trainer is different from a personal trainer, although a lot of people confuse the two. The job of an athletic trainer is to prevent and treat a person’s injuries, and they must undergo a lot of education to enter their position.
These athletic trainers must obtain:
Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals that provide medical service to individuals of all ages. An athletic trainer is well educated and very capable of helping you deal with injuries.
As a specialist in caring for athletes and anyone who exercise, these athletic trainers can help you in multiple ways, including but not limited to:
At the Y, personal trainers will help members with equipment orientation and set up. But members may have questions about various machines or exercises after orientation. An athletic trainer at the Y is a resource who can explain and show you the best way to perform exercises. In fact, you’ll often be see them showing members how to use the equipment in our facility properly.
As a member of the Y, you’ll want to see an athletic trainer under different circumstances.
When and why would you want to work with an athletic trainer over a personal trainer? While both can help you reach your goals, the athletic trainer is the person that you want to see when:
Athletes go to their athletic trainer when they’re suffering through injuries. The athletic trainer has the education to pinpoint the injury and can follow multiple paths to find a way to correct the injury.
At the Y, our athletic trainer works in our Cardio Strength Center and is available for consultations with all our members. Youth athletes who participate on our competitive gymnastics team or our competitive swim team also benefit from working with our athletic trainer. Even participants in our program for cancer survivors, LiveSTRONG at the YMCA can work with our athletic trainer.
These dedicated healthcare individuals will work closely with physical therapists, doctors and patients to ensure that you’re following the right plan to overcome injuries.
You may want to see our athletic trainer when you’re:
Our members have the option of working with an athletic trainer to meet their goals. All of our members have access to athletic trainers as part of their membership. When you work with one of our trainers, you’ll be able to come back every week to mark your progress.
We have an athletic trainer at the facility 40 hours a week to better meet the needs of all members.
Monthly talks are also provided free of charge. These educational opportunities allow you to learn from a professional who will be able to help you understand injuries and pain, and keep you working toward your fitness goals.