Sports Medicine FAQ - CHI Health, Nebraska (NE) - Southwest Iowa (IA)

Sports Medicine FAQ

Q:  What is an Athletic Trainer?

A:  An Athletic Trainer is a qualified health care professional educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with physical activity. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. In cooperation with physicians and other health care personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the health care team. An Athletic Trainer can be found at most, if not all, athletic sporting events, assisting in preventative and post-injury taping and rehabilitation.

Q: What can I find an CHI Health Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer?

A:  CHI Health Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers are located in the following high schools:

  • Bellevue East High School
  • Bellevue West High School
  • Bryan High School
  • Elkhorn High School
  • Duchesne Academy
  • Millard North High School
  • Millard South High School
  • Millard West High School
  • Omaha Marian High School
  • Omaha Mercy High School
  • Omaha North High School
  • Omaha Northwest High School
  • Omaha Roncalli High School
  • Papillion LaVista High School
  • Papillion LaVista South High School

CHI Health Sports Medicine also partners with Nebraska Elite Volleyball, CHI Health (Omaha) Crusaders Basketball Organization and the EVW Youth Football League.

Q: My son/daughter is interested in studying athletic training. What kind of education is needed to fulfill this degree?

A: To become certified athletic trainers, college students must graduate with a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification.  Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified.

Q: My son/daughter is recently recovering from an ACL injury. Do you offer any programs to assist with the rehabilitation process?

A: Most physicians will provide the athlete with a prescription for Physical Therapy after an ACL surgery. CHI Health has numerous Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinics located all across the Omaha Metro area. CHI Health Sports Medicine employs Athletic Trainers in 15 area high schools, with a few of them being certified in SportsmetricsTM, which is an ACL reduction and performance enhancement program. A combination of these options will help the athlete get back in the game more quickly.

Q: I am an Athletic Director at an Omaha Metro area high school. Some of my coaches are not CPR/Basic Life Support certified. Does CHI Health Sports Medicine offer any programs to help us obtain certifications?

A: Yes, a few of the CHI Health Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers are certified to teach CPR/BLS and can come out to your school and certify those coaches for a nominal fee.

Q: My son/daughter would like to lose/gain weight for their sport. Can you provide any recommendations to help their nutrition get on track.

A: Yes. Nutrition is very important, especially for the avid athlete. CHI Health Sports Medicine has a Certified Sports Nutritionist that can set up consultations with your son/daughter to provide nutritional recommendations that will optimize sport performance. You can purchase 1 on 1 consultation that usually last about 30-45 minutes or you can buy packages that are customized to each individual.

For more information, please contact Ashley Rasmussen.