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Certified Athletic Trainer

At Motion, an athletic trainer is a certified healthcare professional who specializes in the prevention, examination, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute, or chronic musculoskeletal injuries. Athletic trainers work primarily under the direction of a Sports Medicine Doctor but also collaborate with chiropractors and physical therapists in clinical settings.

Athletic Trainer Molly Taylor evaluates a member's strength and flexibility.

Conditions We Treat

Athletic trainers treat musculoskeletal (MSK) issues — conditions that affect muscles, bones, and joints, and specialize in sport related injury/dysfunction and return to high level competitive activities.

  • Ligament Sprains and Ruptures
    The overstretching, partial tearing, or complete tearing of the involuntary soft tissue structures that attach bones to other bones in joints (e.g., ankle sprain, AC joint sprain, and ACL tear/rupture).
  • Tendon/Muscle Strains and Ruptures
    The overstretching, partial tearing, or complete tearing of the voluntary soft tissue structures that control movements (e.g., hamstring strain, lumbar strain, and patellar tendon rupture).
  • Dislocations/Subluxations
    Usually the result of a physical impact that causes the normal position of a joint to become misaligned (e.g., patellar subluxation, and shoulder dislocation).
  • Muscle and Bone Contusions/Bruises
    Often the result of a hard blow, resulting in bleeding and swelling within soft tissue or around bone (e.g., quadricep contusion, myositis ossificans, and calcaneal bone bruise).
  • Stress fractures
    A thin crack in a bone that develops due to repetitive impact that the surrounding muscles can’t properly absorb and includes metatarsal, tibial, and fibular stress fractures.
  • Tendinopathies
    A degenerative condition that involves irritation at the tendon, a soft tissue structure that connects muscle to bone (e.g., rotator cuff tendinopathy and patellar tendinopathy).
  • Chronic Pain Syndromes
    Usually a result of repetitive rubbing, pinching, or compression of tissues, (e.g., patellofemoral pain syndrome, radiculopathies, and impingement syndromes).
  • Degenerative Joint Conditions
    Involves the wearing down of cartilage between the ends of bones, resulting in a loss of healthy joint space (e.g., spine, shoulder, hip, and knee degenerative joint disease).
  • Functional Movement Assessment
    Evaluate an individual, specifically late in injury recovery, to determine which joints or muscles could benefit from continued corrective exercises or strengthening to optimize performance and prevent re-injury.
  • Individualized prevention protocols
    Design and implement a specific injury prevention protocol tailored to the activities and goals of an individual.
  • Sport specific prevention protocols
    Design and implement sport specific protocols aimed at preventing injuries in regard to the demands of the sport (e.g., shoulder focused prevention for baseball or knee focused prevention for basketball).
  • Brace Fitting
    Fit braces or supportive equipment to help stabilize joints or tissues that have a history of injury or may be more susceptible to injury.
  • An injured athlete back to sport
    A competitive athlete who sustains an injury and needs strategic rehabilitation to return to high-level competition with reduced risk of re-injury.
  • A concussed athlete back to sport
    An athlete who sustains a traumatic brain injury and needs guidance and rehabilitation to safely return to activity with reduced risk of long term symptoms or re-injury.
  • A concussed individual back to work
    An individual who sustains a traumatic brain injury and needs guidance and rehabilitation to safely return to work and daily life with reduced risk of long-term symptoms.
  • An industrial athlete back to work
    Individuals whose work is physically demanding and requires high levels of strength, skill, and musculoskeletal fitness and health to perform safely.
  • An individual back to their active lifestyle
    Individuals who enjoy hiking, biking, climbing, running, swimming, or other activities that require musculoskeletal fitness and health to perform without pain.
  • Military back to duty
    A member of the armed forces whose work is physically demanding and requires high levels of strength, endurance, skill, and musculoskeletal fitness to remain active and perform their duties in optimal health.

Clinical Scope

The types of musculoskeletal health care services that a clinician is authorized to provide differ based on specialty. At Motion, an athletic trainer brings specific strengths to the clinical team.

On-site emergency care

Provide work, event or sport coverage for emergency injury management including musculoskeletal injuries, concussions, or life threatening events requiring CPR.

Evaluate progress and identify functional deficits

In collaboration with sports medicine doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists, evaluate rehabilitation progress and recognize deficits in mobility, stability, or strength.

Manual therapy

Perform various hands on or instrument assisted therapies to soft tissue structures including myofascial release or stretching to assist with pain, swelling, muscle tension, or other restrictions.

Recommend therapeutic exercises

Recommend exercises aimed to correct imbalances or strengthen injured/weak body regions to aid in rehabilitation and recovery.

Guide remote care

Recommend therapeutic exercises and tasks to independent remote members to perform at home to aid in strengthening, rehabilitation, and recovery.

Refer and coordinate care

Coordinate care with other clinicians and collaborate to provide the best care possible, utilizing the various strengths and specializations of other musculoskeletal care providers, including outside referrals to other specialties if necessary.


Meet our Athletic Trainers

Ryan Sargent, Athletic Trainer

Ryan Sargent
Athletic Trainer

I knew I wanted to be an Athletic Trainer after sustaining a knee injury my sophomore year of high school. The care I received from my school’s Athletic Trainer helped fuel a passion for getting athletes… view full bio

Molly Taylor, Athletic Trainer

Molly Taylor
Athletic Trainer

Musculoskeletal injury can be an exhausting journey. As an athletic trainer, I’m devoted to helping people navigate that journey from start to finish. I believe in endless growth and learning… view full bio


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