Athletic trainers are educated and trained to assess the status of a patient’s or client’s post-operative, chronic, acute and subacute musculoskeletal injuries, illnesses and/or conditions to determine impairments, functional limitations and disability. Based on this assessment, athletic trainers determine the appropriate treatment goals and therapeutic interventions to reduce the extent of a patient’s or client’s disability. Athletic trainers modify the treatment plans based on continual/regular assessment of the patient/client, and discharge the patient/client once treatment goals are met or the patient’s or client’s condition is no longer improving. Athletic trainers recognize when consultation with other health care providers is necessary and refer accordingly.
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