Athletic trainer Mike Smuda bandages up a football player's elbow.

Athletic trainers provide medical care and support on and off the field.

Our University of Maryland athletic trainers and physicians care for the University of Maryland Terps, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers, and local high school teams in addition to providing care in the clinical setting.

What Does an Athletic Trainer Do?

Certified athletic trainers, or ATCs, are multi-skilled healthcare professionals. They must graduate from an accredited athletic training program and pass a board exam in order to provide medical services and treatment.

On and Off the Field

ATCs are traditionally on the sidelines helping student-athletes and their expertise is now used in our clinics. Working in partnership with our sports medicine doctors, they:

  • Evaluate sports injuries and provide treatment plans specific to each patient
  • Help with patient education
  • Facilitate post-visit care, including physical therapy and other referrals
  • Cast and apply braces that help athletes return to the level of activity they are accustomed to

Athletic trainers provide precise, accurate injury evaluation and can quickly diagnose and treat critical on-field injuries. Athletic trainers follow established return-to-play guidelines, such as those for a concussion, and help post-operative patients get back on the field.

Make an Appointment

To learn more or make an appointment with one of our athletic trainers, call 410-448-6400.

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