Ochsner Athletic Training Outreach Program
Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute’s Athletic Training Outreach Program provides services to the greater New Orleans region spanning from Baton Rouge to Mississippi, providing quality healthcare to athletes competing in any sport. Ochsner ATs are proficient in prevention, treatment, and maintenance of any sport related injury or health condition. Our goal is to keep athletes safe and to prevent serious injury from occurring.
Our ATs take time before competitions to ensure all appropriate staff know and understand the emergency action plans for the event, so if a serious sports injury occurs the athlete is taken care of promptly. We work under the general supervision of an Ochsner Sports Medicine team physician. Together we execute return to play guidelines post injury, and communicate return to learn/ return to play guidelines post-concussion. Ochsner ATs become a member of the team staff, they travel with the team and provide services for all practices and games as deemed necessary.
The Ochsner Athletic Training Outreach Program is the largest, longest sustaining and fastest growing athletic training outreach program in the state. We’re the team the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans trust with the care of their athletes. You can trust us with yours.
For more information about the services and benefits provided by Ochsner’s Athletic Training Outreach Program, click here to download a brochure.
What Does It Take to Become an Ochsner Athletic Trainer (AT)?
Athletic Trainers are allied healthcare professionals who, at minimum, hold bachelor’s degrees from a CAATE accredited athletic training curriculum. Over 50% of Ochsner ATs have earned their Master’s Degrees. Each athletic trainer in Ochsner’s outreach program is licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and has fulfilled the requirements for certification established by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC). Athletic trainers are entitled to use the designation “ATC” only after successfully completing the certification examination.
Ochsner ATs receives formal instruction in:
- Human anatomy and physiology
- Injury/illness prevention
- Assessment of injury/illness
- First aid and emergency care
- Post-surgical/ return to play rehabilitation
- Therapeutic modalities
- Nutritional and psychological counseling
What’s more, Ochsner’s athletic trainers maintain certification requirements through local and national continuing medical education meetings and conferences.
ATs at Your School
When an Ochsner AT is assigned to your school or event, it means:
- Athletes receive immediate, on-site care for injuries – during practices and games
- Fewer unnecessary trips to the emergency room
- Peace of mind knowing an allied health professional is looking out for the best interests of the athlete on a daily basis
- Decreased medical costs to parents/athletes
- Increased communication between athletes, coaches, parents and providers
- Decreased legal liability for your school or organization
It is the Athletic Trainer’s job to:
- Coordinate community outreach physicals and educational programs for students, coaches, and parents
- Establish and implement re-conditioning programs in cooperation with physicians, and coaches
- Provide taping, padding, bandaging, wrapping or bracing for injury prevention and protection
- Call medical time-outs and make return-to-play decisions
- Stay in contact with sports medicine physicians, allowing for improved communication and quality of care
- Provide sport-specific rehabilitation at Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute under the direction of a physician
- Provide administrative support with insurance
- Make sure the school or organization is legally prepared
- Coordinate with the Sports Medicine Navigator at Ochsner to provide same or next-day access to sports medicine or primary care physicians, sports nutritionists or specialty providers, for a seamless continuum of care
Saturday Morning Clinics
The Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute hosts Saturday Morning Clinics for middle and high school athletes in our program. If an athlete is injured in a Friday night game, they don’t have to wait until Monday to get the care they need.
Ochsner Athletic Trainers work with the following teams and organizations:
- New Orleans Pelicans – NBA
- New Orleans Saints – NFL
- Five area universities and colleges
- All Jefferson and St. Tammany Parish Public High Schools and Middle Schools
- 11 East Baton Rouge Parish Public High Schools
- Many private and parochial schools
- American Legion Louisiana State Tournament
- Mandeville Soccer
- Louisiana Fire Soccer Club
- Louisiana Rugby
- National Association of Basketball Coaches
- Southwestern Athletic Conference
- Sun Belt Conference
Get an AT on Your Team
If you’re a coach, athletic director, principal, school superintendent, club director or school nurse looking for more information about Ochsner’s Athletic Training Outreach Program, contracts or other services, contact:
Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute
1201 S. Clearview Parkway
Jefferson, LA 70121
Building B, 1st Floor
To contact the Athletic Training Program in Baton Rouge, please call:
For an appointment with one of our sports health physicians, please call:
Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute
- Greater New Orleans area: 504-736-4800
- Northshore 985-898-7272