Athletic Training

Mission

To provide optimal medical care to the student-athletes of Cecil College through preventative measures, acute emergency and non-emergency attention, rehabilitative measures, injury/illness management, and education. Oversee the daily administration and operation of the Cecil College Sports Medicine facilities. Provide individual support and personal attention as a liaison, between the student-athlete and the medical community and assure the highest possible quality medical attention per student-athlete in the area.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Athletic Trainer orbits around the central idea that "prevention is the best medicine." Consequently, it is in your best interest, as well as in that of the Athletic Trainer, to provide access to any information regarding optimizing performance and any of the following topics: nutrition, fluid replacement, supplementation, strength and conditioning issues, some psychological issues, any medical issues, and all related areas. It is your responsibility to inquire about consultation in any of the aforementioned topics. All issues will be handled with the utmost respect for trainer-patient confidentiality.

Major Concepts

The following concepts are the basis for practice in the Cecil College Athletic Training program. These key concepts are crucial in the maintenance of the high standards of practice and care for our student athlete population.

  1. Do no harm: This is the Hippocratic Oath taken by medical professionals in their practice. Evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation and further measures will be directed towards safe healing and return to function. You will never be placed in a situation in which your injury or condition may worsen.
  2. Confidentiality: All medical records, discussions, and content regarding your injury or condition shall be protected with the utmost confidentiality. The trainer-patient relationship shall be maintained at all times, unless permission is granted to disclose any pertinent information to those with your medical interest in mind. This is your right as a patient under the Athletic Trainer's care, and you, as well, must work to maintain this level of confidentiality. Individuals who may have a medical interest include: athletic training staff, team physician, personal physician, coaching staff, and select administrators. In certain cases, it may be proper to notify parents, roommates, or other significant caregivers. It is never acceptable for the media, scouts, other coaches, fans, or other outsiders to be made aware of your medical information.
  3. Criteria for "Return To Play": If you are limited or restricted from play as per the Athletic Trainer or a physician, there is no discussing, negotiations, or bargaining. Student-athletes can only be cleared to play by the Athletic Trainer or physician. If a student-athlete is "held-out" by a physician, only that physician may grant medical clearance. All necessary documentation from the clearing physician must be physically present in order for the student-athlete to return to play.
  4. Education: It is in the best interest of student-athletes, as well as the Athletic Training staff, to attain as much information as possible regarding your injury, condition, or rehabilitative procedure. The Training Room door is always open for inquiries, and ALL QUESTIONS ARE APPROPRIATE. Knowledge is power, and education may be the best means for preventing an injury before it occurs. Student-athletes should make it their responsibility, as the Athletic Training staff has made it theirs.
  5. Respect: The athletic department, as well as the College, operates functionally as a team. Subsequently, this team effort could not be possible without the respect of all persons and entities involved. Please be respectful to your Athletic Trainer, coaches, administrators, officials, teammates, peer athletes, college faculty, training room and equipment, athletic fields and courts, offices, locker rooms, and decisions made by your athletic staff. These privileges are for the benefit of our student-athletes.

For more information regarding day-to-day athletic training procedures, please see the 2017-2018 Student-Athlete Handbook. If further questions arise, please contact Taylor Opperhauser, Athletic Trainer, at (443) 674-1553.