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Athletic Training

Athletic Training Frequently Asked Questions

The following are frequently asked questions received by certified athletic trainers. If you have additional questions please feel free to Ask an Athletic Training Expert.

  1. Are nutritional supplements such as creatine safe?
  2. Why do I always have to use ice?
  3. What does an athletic trainer do besides "tape ankles"?
  4. How can I become an athletic trainer at The Ohio State University?

Are nutritional supplements such as creatine safe?

Creatine and nutritional supplements are currently being discussed extensively in the sports medicine community. While the verdict is still out on the long-term effects of supplementation, it is important for active people to realize these supplements are not regulated by the FDA. This means there is no way of knowing whether or not the ingredients listed on the package are the ingredients in the package. It is important to consult with your physician regarding any supplementation, even if it is "all natural."

Why do I always have to use ice?

When a person suffers an acute injury, the body acts to splint itself in order to keep the injured area from being moved. This is why you get swelling in the injured area. While swelling can be beneficial to the injury, it can also be very difficult to remove. Swelling can also cause an increase in the length of recovery time. Ice can help decrease the amount of the swelling to the area and in turn cause a decrease in recovery time. Ice can also act as a pain reliever.

What does an athletic trainer do besides "tape ankles"?

Taping is actually a very small portion of a certified athletic trainer's job. Most athletic trainers will spend the majority of their day with evaluation and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. ATCs are also involved with utilizing sports-specific activities, such as throwing a baseball, in order to "ease" an athlete back into athletic competition.

How can I become an athletic training student at The Ohio State University?

Students interested in athletic training should contact Dr. Mark Merrick at (614)-247-6231 for more information about becoming an athletic training student at Ohio State.

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Last Reviewed: Jul 17, 2009

Angela Justina Beisner, MA, AC Angela Justina Beisner, MA, AC
Athletic Trainer
Department of Athletics Instructor
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University