Holy Cross Sports Medicine Department

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The College of the Holy Cross Sports Medicine Department's program delivers traditional athletic training and sports medicine services to the college's varsity student-athletes. There are various types of services offered: injury prevention (i.e., taping, bracing, padding, orthotics construction and special padding), management of athletic injuries, emergency care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. In addition, whenever possible, the sports medicine department strives to integrate education about athletic injuries so that student-athletes can be empowered to lead healthier, injury-free lifestyles. The Sports Medicine Department is committed to using whatever technology is available, and will remain committed to continuous upgrading of the equipment and techniques used in the delivery of sports medicine services so Holy Cross student-athletes will be assured of the most modern care available in the area.

The purpose of the Sports Medicine program is fivefold. First, to allow easy access to the sports medicine services so student-athletes will be assured of outstanding quality of care. Second, to encourage a philosophy of sports that places a high value on health and wellness. Third, to enable injured student-athletes to return to their sports as soon as is medically safe. Fourth, to substantially reduce the risk of athletic injury to the athletes and the liability of the College. Finally, the Sports Medicine Department is committed to educating interns and student athletic trainers in both the art and science of practicing athletic training in an ethical and moral environment. Furthermore, Holy Cross Athletic Trainers and staff who will be providing these services to maintain the highest standards of care consistent with the National Athletic Trainer's Association Code of Professional Practice and the credential statues of the State of Massachusetts.


Who We Are / What We Do

As Athletic Trainers, we act as the initial medical response team to any and all injuries our student athletes may develop while participating in collegiate sports. We are the facilitators and liaisons between the physician and the athlete, and the physician and the coach. The primary duties of an Athletic Trainer are injury prevention, recognition and evaluation of injury / illness, injury management / treatment, injury rehabilitation, organization and administration, and education and counseling of the athlete as it pertains to his / her injury / illness.

An Athletic Trainer is an allied health professional who meets the qualifications set by a regulatory board and / or the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC), and practices athletic training under the direction of a physician. Some may confuse this with a personal trainer. They prescribe, monitor and change an individual's specific exercise program in a fitness or sport setting. Below you can see a side by side comparison of these professions. (Courtesy of the NATA)


Certified Athletic Trainers:

  • Must have at least a bachelor's degree in athletic training, which is an allied health profession
  • Must pass a three-part board exam before earning the ATC credential
  • Must keep their skills current by participating in continuing education programs
  • Must adhere to practice guidelines set by one national certifying agency

    Daily Duties:
  • Provide physical medicine and rehabilitation services
  • Prevent, assess and treat injuries (acute and chronic)
  • Coordinate care with physicians and other health providers
  • Work in schools, colleges, professional sports, clinics, hospitals, corporations, industry, and military

Personal Trainers:

  • May or may not have higher education in health sciences
  • May or may not be required to obtain certification
  • May or may not participate in continuing education
  • May become certified by any one of numerous agencies that set varying education and practice requirement

    Daily Duties:
  • Assess fitness needs and design appropriate exercise regimens for clients
  • Work with clients to achieve fitness goals
  • Help educate the public about the importance of physical activity
  • Work in health clubs, wellness centers and various other locations where fitness activities take place