What is athletic training?
Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.
Who are Athletic Trainers?
Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer versus a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows a medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have master’s degrees.
Meet NMH's Athletic Trainers:
Wendy Young, M.A., ATC
Wendy arrived at Northfield Mount Hermon in the fall of 1997 to work as a certified athletic trainer and physical education teacher in the Physical Education and Athletics Department. Prior to arriving on campus, Wendy had been employed for four years by NovaCare Outpatient Rehabilitation, where she worked in the physical therapy outpatient clinic, and at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, providing athletic training services for their athletic program.
Wendy earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of New Hampshire, where she also played soccer and lacrosse. After graduation, she spent a year as an intern at Phillips Exeter Academy and earned her Board Certification in Athletic Training during that year. She earned a Master of Arts degree, also in athletic training, from Western Michigan University. In addition to serving NMH in the athletic department, Wendy is also an advisor. During her tenure here, she has served on several NMH committees related to athletics, most notably facility design as part of strategic planning, student-athlete award selection, and PE curricula design.
Jesse Potter, M.S., ATC
Jesse began working as a certified athletic trainer at Northfield Mount Hermon in the fall of 2016. She was previously the athletic trainer at a public school in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she started the athletic training program from scratch.
Jesse’s education in athletic training started when she was a student aide to her high school athletic trainer. She then attended the University of Kentucky, where she was a student athletic trainer, working with athletes in sports ranging from football to gymnastics. After completing her Bachelor of Science in dietetics, Jesse earned a Master of Science in athletic training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. There, she researched the effects of nutrition on athletic performance, specifically studying maximum oxygen intake levels in relation to metabolic syndrome. Then she completed board certification in athletic training.