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Athletic Training / Sports Medicine


What is an Athletic Trainer?

"A certified athletic trainer (ATC) is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the ATC functions as an integral member of the athletic healthcare team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, industrial settings and other healthcare environments." (NATA, 2000)

Services Rendered - What We Do
BYU's athletic training staff is responsible for the care of student-athletes from the time they arrive on campus, aiding in the prevention of injuries. When student-athletes do get injured, they are treated by one of the nation's most qualified athletic training staffs. The staff includes certified athletic trainers, a sports physical therapist, a team physician, team orthopedic surgeons and a wide variety of other medical specialists.

BYU athletic trainers are concerned with much more than just improvement in the weight room. They are committed to improving athletes' overall fitness and health. The primary goal of the BYU program is to keep athletes healthy and prepared for competition by reducing their susceptibility to injury.

Where We Work
The BYU Athletic Training Room is located in room 1130 of the George Albert Smith Fieldhouse. The training room is open for operation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the normal business week. In addition to the main training room, there are three training areas at various locations across campus. The training facility located in the Marriott Center is used primarily by the men's and women's basketball teams. The track and field and cross country teams use the training area housed in the Cougar Track and Field Stadium. The final training facility is located at Miller Park and is used by the baseball and softball teams.

BYU Training Room Policies
In order to maintain a functional facility for you, the athlete, we have established the following training room policies and procedures. Please become familiar with these policies and procedures. All those who use the training room facilities are required to abide by them.

Please do not ask the student trainers to compromise the standards that have been established for your care. Thank you for your cooperation.

  1. No spiked or cleated shoes allowed in the training room. Do not wear shoes when receiving treatment, and never put your feet on taping benches with shoes on.
  2. Do not bring uniforms, shoes or other equipment into the training room. The training rooms are not dressing rooms. Also watch for pencils and pens that are in your pockets so that you do not tear the taping benches.
  3. No food or drink is allowed in the training rooms (this includes eating ice from ice bags).
  4. Rough-housing is not allowed in the training room or in the pool area.
  5. Athletes will not be given treatment unless they are in the appropriate attire; i.e., shorts, t-shirts, swim suits (treatments generally will not be given in street clothes). No wraparound towels for weighing in.
  6. Athletes may not use the training room as a lounge, study hall or sleeping area.
  7. Athletes must shower before receiving post-practice treatment, using the whirlpool and being seen in the clinic. Athletes must bring their own towels for the Hydro area.
  8. Athletes must wait their turn for treatment or taping. Freshmen and walk-ons must come early or wait for the varsity to finish.
  9. Athletes will not treat themselves; all taping and modalities treatments will be done by the trainers. (You may tape your own fingers, hands and braces, but please ask the trainers for tape; do not take it on your own.)
  10. Use of the stairclimber, treadmill and exercise bikes in the Rehabilitation Room are for rehab purposes only. Use bikes, treadmills and stairclimbers in the weight room for workouts.
  11. Distribution of prescription drugs is controlled by the physicians and will be dispensed in the training room pharmacy only.
  12. Use of the BYU Athletic Training Room is restricted to intercollegiate athletes. Exceptions must be cleared through the head trainer.
  13. Treat the student trainers with respect. For treatment, pick up your own treatment sheet, located in the rehab area, and bring it to the trainer or no treatment will be given.
  14. Phones in the athletic training room are not to be used by athletes without permission. Use the telephone in the men's locker room or at the west end of the SFH.
  15. Foul language will not be tolerated.
  16. Any outside medical services require referral from the head trainer and team physician. Your coach is NOT authorized to send you to outside services. If you do not follow this procedure, you will pay for it yourself.

Brigham Young University
Athletic Training / Sports Medicine Department
1130 Smith Fieldhouse
Provo, Utah, USA 84602
Phone: (801) 422-2946
Fax: (801) 422-0038
Director of Sports Medicine: Carolyn Billings

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