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March is National Athletic Training Month!

People today are more active than ever before, that’s why its so important to have knowledgeable “trainers” in your corner to help you stay healthy – and stay active. But, what really is an Athletic Trainer and what do they do?

According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (www.nata.org), an Athletic Trainer is an expert at recognizing, treating and preventing musculoskeletal injuries. Their daily activities include:

  • Providing physical rehabilitation services
  • Preventing, diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating injuries
  • Coordinating care with physicians and other health care professionals
  • Working in schools and universities, with professional sports teams, and in clinics, hospitals, and corporations

At Northern, we both encourage and enhance our athletic communities. We staff the Athletic Trainer at both Coopersville and Cedar Springs High Schools. In addition to working with athletes and tending to injuries on and off the field, our Athletic Trainers also run our summer sports and fitness camps.

Students enjoy the fitness aspect of our summer sports camp

Mark Garnaat is the Athletic Trainer at Cedar Springs HS. He has been involved with treatment and prevention of injuries of high school athletes during his six years with Northern Physical Therapy. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BS in Physical Education and a minor in Health Education.

March is National Athletic Training Month!
Mark Garnaat, Coopersville High School Athletic Trainer and Northern Physical Therapy employee, tapes an athlete’s ankle.

Marcus Ribant is the Athletic Trainer at Coopersville High School and he works with treatment and prevention of injuries of high school athletes at Northern Physical Therapy. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BS in Athletic Training.

As we celebrate National Athletic Training Month we offer thanks not only to Mark and Marcus, but to all the Athletic Trainers who are looking out for our athletes. Their mission to maintain your health will keep you active and moving for years to come.

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