Appalachian State University Athletic Training Services collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Our goal is to provide exceptional medical care to the student-athlete. Injury and illness prevention starts with the pre-participation physical exam. When injuries and illness occur, it is the athletic training’s staff responsibility to evaluate, provide proper care and refer if needed.
Appalachian State University Athletic Training Services is dedicated to keeping current with the newest equipment, evaluation, educational and rehabilitation techniques. The philosophy for Athletic Training Services is that the needs of the student-athlete shall always be the first consideration. The goal of the Athletic Training Services is:
Allow easy access of Athletic Training Services to the student-athlete.
Encourage a philosophy of sport that places a high value on health and wellness education.
Enable injured student-athletes to return to their sport as soon as medically safe.
- Reduce the risk of athletic injury for those student-athletes in our service.
Our Sports Medicine staff consists of thirteen licensed certified athletic trainers, two orthopedic physicians and one physician assistant. An orthopedic physician or physician assistant is on campus 4-7 days a week to consult as well as being present at most ASU athletic events. ASU also has a credited undergraduate athletic training educational program. These student’s assist with the healthcare of the student-athlete as part of their educational experience. General medical issues are referred to ASU Student Health Services as well as multiple specialist in the Boone area. Massage therapy and chiropractic services are also available through Athletic Training Services. Mental healthcare is a very important aspect of being a student-athlete. Our staff is an important facet who assist with the recognition, evaluation and referral of mental health issues. These issue include but are not limited to depression, self-harm, academic and athletic pressure/expectations. We offer assistance with the Counseling and Psychological Services on campus.