Athletic trainers are allied health care professionals who work to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries. They are also present to intervene and provide emergency care during sporting events. Athletic trainers work under the supervision of physicians, and in conjunction with physical therapists, paramedics, physicians, school nurses, and other health care professionals. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in athletic training is required before you can take the national certification exam; however, 70% of athletic trainers also have post-graduate degrees. Continuing education within the field must be done in order to maintain certification.
Athletic trainers' areas of knowledge include but are not limited to anatomy and physiology, nutrition, orthopedic assessment, therapeutic modalities, kinesiology, exercise physiology, sport psychology, therapeutic exercise, biology, statistics, taping and bracing, administration, emergency care, general medical conditions.
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Ithaca City School District Athletic Trainer
Kelsey is a Cayuga Medical Center employee who does outreach to Ithaca High School and works as a physician’s extender in the Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance Clinic. Before working at CMC, she was a graduate assistant athletic trainer primarily for the Ithaca College Women’s Gymnastics team and worked intermittently with other IC teams as well during their 2019-2020 seasons.
Kelsey received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of North Florida in 2019. She returned to her home state of NY shortly after to begin her graduate education in Sports Psychology and graduate assistantship. She is a former student-athlete of lacrosse and current CrossFit athlete recreationally. She currently resides in Lansing, NY while she finishes her masters program at IC.