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Athletic Training Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes.

Campus Recreation has 1 full-time nationally certified and state licensed Athletic Trainer.

Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who serve patients through injury and illness prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, appropriate interventions, management, and treatment of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions, and rehabilitation. They are nationally certified and state licensed (in 49 states). They must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master's program and pass the national certification examination. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. 70% of ATs have a master's degree.

Personal trainers possess the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to design safe and effective fitness programs. They conduct pre-participation screenings, instruct and assist people in reaching personal health and fitness goals. They do not give medical advice, physical therapy advice or attempt to make a medical diagnosis. Personal training services are available at Half Acre for students, staff & faculty.

Athletic Trainers are trained in treatment of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions, and rehabilitation of injury. Physical therapists provide long term care for patients with impairments, limitations in activities or participation, or changes in physical function or health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes.

Both professions evaluate, diagnose, and implement appropriate interventions, management, and rehabilitation following an injury. They both work to prevent injury and promote wellness. Patients with a referral for physical therapy cannot legally be treated by an athletic trainer.

  • Acute injury care during Wellness Center business hours and at select club sport events;

  • Injury evaluations and consultations;

  • Home exercise programs for chronic injuries and/or conditions;

  • Secure messaging portal to contact the AT directly;

  • Telehealth options;

  • Concussion baseline testing for club sport athletes;

  • Concussion evaluation and management for any student, in conjunction with the sports medicine physician at Student Health;

  • On-site coverage for high-risk club sport home competitions.

No, athletic training services are available for all club sport athletes as well as the general student population.

Athletic Trainers do not attend practices, but do attend home games and competitions for sports that have been deemed "high-risk" or sports that the governing body requires the presence of an athletic trainer.

Yes, you can call the Wellness Center 307-766-WELL (9355) or stop in to make an appointment for an in-person visit. Appointments are not scheduled over e-mail.

If you would like to schedule a telehealth appointment, you may use this link https://WellnessCenterprograms.as.me/ATVirtualappt

Call the Wellness Center at 307-766-WELL (9355). You can also drop in and make an appointment in person. Appointments are not scheduled over e-mail.

If you would like to schedule a telehealth appointment, you may use this link https://WellnessCenterprograms.as.me/ATVirtualappt

Yes, all students, with or without a referral, need to fill out a Patient History Form as well as an Athletic Training Services Waiver. Forms are in fillable PDF format. Please follow the directions on the form. If you have any questions contact the Wellness Center at 307-766-WELL(9355) or the Athletic Trainer (jknerr@uwyo.edu) Paper forms can also be picked up in the Wellness Center.

If you have scheduled a telehealth appointment, you will also need to complete a consent form that will be sent via email for your electronic signature.

No, you do not need a doctor referral to use this service.

The athletic trainers at Campus Recreation cannot supervise, advise, create, or add to a rehabilitation program from a physical therapist and/or physician. Students who have a gym membership (full-time students or those who have paid fees) are able to use Half Acre Gym and equipment to do any exercises they have as part of their home exercise program given to them from their physician and/or physical therapist. If a student is unsure about the availability of equipment, they should ask a Campus Recreation employee or the athletic trainer. Any questions about the exercises including, but not limited to, form, adaptations, progression of activities, increase or decrease in weight, etc. should be directed to the physical therapist monitoring the rehabilitation.

Students with a referral for “rehabilitation” or a referral that specifically states “rehabilitation can be done by an athletic trainer” can meet with the athletic trainer for a rehabilitation program.

After making an appointment you will need to fill out a history form and drop off your referral from your physician if you have one. This should be done in advance of your appointment if possible. On the day of your appointment, you will be evaluated by a Certified Athletic Trainer and a treatment plan will be developed. Depending on your injury and situation, the Athletic Trainer will be able to give you a home exercise program or refer you to an appropriate medical provider if necessary. They will discuss your treatment options with you. You may need to come back a few times for some re-evaluation and/or as decided by your Athletic Trainer.

Athletic training services are free of charge to UW students. Athletic training services are funded by UW student fees, paid each semester by students. There is no additional charge for UW students to use the athletic training facilities.

No, because UW student fees fund the service, faculty and staff cannot make appointments.

No, your visits in the athletic training facility are medical records protected under HIPAA/FERPA and cannot be shared with anyone without your written consent.

Call the Wellness Center 307-766-WELL (9355) and they can help you get in touch with an Athletic Trainer. You may also email jknerr@uwyo.edu in the event the Wellness Center is closed.

Students who have been seen by the Athletic Trainer and have accepted the invitation to join Healthy Roster (the Electronic Medical Record system) can contact the Athletic Trainer via the HIPAA/FERPA secure messaging this software allows. The Athletic Trainer will respond to questions/requests as soon as reasonably possible.

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Campus Recreation

Wellness Center

Half Acre Gym, Rm. 107

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-9355

Fax: 307-766-6720

Email: wellness@uwyo.edu

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