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Certified Athletic Trainers are the liaison between the student-athlete and the medical community. The primary goal of the athletic training staff is to provide health care for student-athletes competing at the intercollegiate level for Stony Brook University. The Seawolves athletic training staff consists of seven BOC (Board of Certification) athletic trainers, one intern and numerous athletic training students who work under the supervision and direction of the Head Team Physician. In addition, the Stony Brook Student Health Service and many medical specialists in the community assist the athletic trainers and team physician in providing quality health care for the Seawolves.
Athletic trainers are an integral part of every collegiate athletic program to ensure that student-athletes are competing in a safe and healthy environment. Each Stony Brook student-athlete is monitored with yearly athletic physicals, medical questionnaires, and orthopedic baseline examinations. On a daily basis, the athletic training staff directly supervises all high-risk sport activities. Preventive measures are taken to reduce the risk of injury and/or re-injury. Should a student-athlete become injured, the athletic trainer recognizes and evaluates the injury, provides immediate care, makes a timely referral if necessary, initiates treatment and develops rehabilitation programs for all injuries. Education of student-athletes is extremely important in the areas of injury prevention, nutrition, hygiene, substance abuse, etc. This is done through the athletic trainers and the professionals at the Student Health Service.