Athletic Training Month Celebrated in North Jackson

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NORTH JACKSON — March is National Athletic Trainer Month, and Sports Plus Rehab Centers have more than 15 certified athletic trainers who maintain a sports medicine program on and off the sidelines in schools all over West Tennessee. The program is free to area schools and provides a continuum of care for student athletes from the injury on the field to the doctor‘s office to physical therapy and return to sports. “Sports Plus Rehab Centers provide certified athletic trainers who develop close relationships with the athletes even before the injury occurs, as they follow these students through their athletic careers. Our goal is to get them back even better than they were before their injury,” said LeAnn Childress, Director of Sports Plus. Parents say they feel better knowing that all of Sports Plus trainers are certified and they are at every area high school game. “To know that the person who evaluates my child has had education that specifically helps them identify emergency situations is valuable to me as a parent,” said Southside athlete parent, Paula Beard. Athletic trainers have a particular curriculum, specific hours working a clinical with a certified trainer and then have to pass a state board exam in order to be licensed in the State of Tennessee. Athletic trainers also have to maintain their certification through yearly continuing education classes.

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