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Athletic Trainers Offer Comprehensive Care for Active Lifestyles


Jessica Schmitz, Aspirus Athletic Trainer

March is more than just the transition from winter to spring; it's also Athletic Training Month, a time to recognize the invaluable contributions of the athletic trainers throughout the Aspirus Health system. From preventing injuries through comprehensive conditioning programs to offering immediate care on the field, their dedication ensures athletes of all levels can perform at their best while minimizing the risks associated with physical exertion.


Injury prevention lies at the heart of athletic training. “Stretching is one of the most important aspects before a workout to reduce the risk of injury," emphasizes Aspirus Athletic Trainer Jessica Schmitz.


Schmitz recommends incorporating a dynamic warm-up routine, which includes eight to ten exercises performed while walking and stretching simultaneously. This routine not only primes the muscles and enhances blood flow but also helps prevent tightness during exercise. Additionally, the post-workout cooldown is essential for recovery and promotes a healthy mental state for athletes.


While the primary goal is to minimize injuries, athletic trainers are prepared to shift their focus to evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation in case of an injury.


“We are there to make sure that athletes get back to their sport as soon as they can,” explains Schmitz. When necessary, athletic trainers facilitate referrals to orthopedic specialists or other medical professionals, ensuring athletes receive optimal care.


Schmitz also highlights that athletic trainers serve not only elite athletes but also the broader active population, providing comprehensive care to adults and adolescents alike. "We cater to anyone who is physically active, not just high school athletes," she emphasizes.


For individuals experiencing pain during physical activity, Schmitz advises stopping and assessing whether the sensation is tightness or soreness. "If it's tightness or soreness, stretching is recommended. However, if it's actual pain or a potential injury, it's important to stop the workout and seek medical attention from a doctor or athletic trainer."



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