New Resources to Help Athletic Trainers and their Patients Manage OA
National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers (ATs) in the community. As healthcare professionals, ATs regularly work with patients with joint pain and can make a positive difference in the lives of adults with osteoarthritis (OA).
OA is the most common form of arthritis, affecting 1 in 7 U.S. adults. OA can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling, which may limit mobility and function and interfere with daily activities and work tasks such as writing or typing, standing or sitting for long periods, bending and walking, or going up and down stairs.
ATs can help reduce the burden of OA by expanding their knowledge of OA and its management, using functional assessments in their practice, sharing resources with their patients, and promoting injury prevention. Download this Action Brief which describes how ATs and other healthcare providers can use functional assessments in OA care. Visit www.oacaretools.org for a complete listing and description of resources.
I went from being very athletic, one of the best guards in the NBA, to barely making it. No speed, no agility. I had to change how I played because I couldn’t exercise or train because my knee constantly hurt.