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Comprehensive medical care is coordinated for all Bobcat student-athletes under the direction of a team physician and a staff of nationally certified and state licensed athletic trainers. Undergraduate student interns from the GCSU athletic training education program assist the professional staff in their duties while gaining valuable hands-on experience in the allied healthcare field. With a physician referral, the staff is also available to treat GCSU faculty, staff, and students for their outpatient rehabilitation needs.
The first goal of the program is to help prevent athletic injuries from occurring. Recognizing that some injuries and illnesses are inevitable, the professional staff works under the supervision of the team physician to diagnose those conditions, to provide initial treatment and follow-up care including any rehabilitation, and to counsel students on available treatment options. By providing quality care as early as possible, student-athletes are able return to the field of play as soon as possible while decreasing their risk of reinjury.
Services in the athletic training room include state of the art modalities such as ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, and laser as well as other treatment methods to alleviate pain and swelling, increase strength and flexibility, and decrease risk of re-injury in the athletes treated there. Treatment and rehabilitation take place in the 1000 square foot athletic training room at the Centennial Center, as well as a smaller satellite facility at West Campus. A member of the athletic training staff is available at every practice and competition for the Bobcat teams throughout their respective seasons.