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Train the Trainer: Dealing with Basketball Injury in Schools

Across the country, about one million students play basketball. A recent study looked at more than two million injuries suffered by school basketball players between 2005 and 2010. Researchers explored treatment that occurred on the premises where the injury occurred versus a hospital emergency department.

Findings of the study include the following:

  • During the term of the study, 1,514,957 students with a basketball-associated injury were taken for treatment to an emergency department.
  • Approximately 1,064,551 students with a basketball-related injury were treated in a school or athletic setting.

Lead author Lara McKenzie, PhD, noted, “Athletic trainers play a really important role in helping to assess those more mild or moderate injuries and that helps alleviate a burden on the healthcare system and on families.”

While the study addresses the value of triage and treatment services provided by athletic trainers, the research also noted trainers were best able to deal with minor strains and sprains that occur during practice and game situations.

For a concerned parent, an athletic trainer may be the first stop to address the injury of a student athlete, but may not necessarily be the last. A minor head bump or fall assessed by a trainer could give parents a false sense of security and delay adequate diagnosis of a serious injury.

While the American Medical Association recommended all high schools maintain a medical team involving a physician and trainer in 1998, by 2009 only 42 percent of high schools nationwide had complied.

When your child is injured, getting the right answers is important. If your family is further injured by care you receive in New York, talk to an experienced injury attorney.

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