Communication

Being able to communicate with your coaches and athletic trainers is key to minimizing athletic injuries.  An athlete should never feel that they cannot talk to their coach or athletic trainer regarding an athletic injury or medical condition.  Too often, athletes will sit on an injury for days or even weeks thinking that it will go away on its own, or that it isn’t a big deal, or because they are afraid that the staff and their teammates will consider them weak.  Usually these injuries will end up getting worse and take even longer to return to normal, or could end up becoming catastrophic when it is concerning concussions or other medical conditions. 

If you have an injury or concern, always tell someone, don’t wait for it to go away on its own.  Sitting out one game this week, is much better than the rest of the season or the rest of your life. 

Teammates should also feel that they can let their coaches or athletic trainer know if there is a reason to be concerned about a member of their team.  If a teammate comes to you and says they are having chest pains or headaches, etc, make sure they tell their coach, or you go and tell someone for them.  You could be saving their life.