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If you’ve ever been to a high school or college sports match or visited a sports medicine doctor for an injury, you’ve likely seen an athletic trainer in action—maybe without realizing it. With school sports starting again, now’s the time to learn more about these important providers.
As COVID cases continue to spread throughout Washington State and the rest of the country, shutdowns increase again, and winter begins to settle in, you might find yourself feeling stressed, uneasy, and even anxious and depressed.
COVID-19 has changed the structure and routine of daily life for nearly everyone, causing us to have to adapt and cope in new ways to an unusual situation. But for younger people, these changes are especially challenging.
In October, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released new return-to-play guidelines for high school sports that allow teams to begin practicing and competing on a limited basis. For high school students playing contact sports, avoiding COVID-19 might be top of mind at the moment. But another risk is still just as significant as ever: head injuries on the field. Luckily, student athletes in the South Sound have access to high-quality specialized care for concussion prevention and treatment.
Sports medicine is now one of the fastest growing fields in healthcare, but not everyone is clear about the role of a sports medicine doctor. With that in mind, we put together this collection of frequently asked questions to help you understand whether seeing a sports medicine doctor is right for you.