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Athletic Training

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Athletic trainers are educated and highly trained allied health care providers specializing in prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. ​

View the athletic trainer's schedule

In cooperation with physicians and other allied health care providers, athletic trainers function as integral members of the athletic health care team within the school setting, assuring all injuries are cared for and promoting a safe return to play.

Athletic trainers in Wisconsin must be certified by the independent Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) and are required by the BOC to abide by Standards of Practice. Athletic trainers also are required to be licensed medical providers in the state of Wisconsin. This certification and licensure require that individuals complete a university course of study leading to a bachelor's or master's degree, complete an extensive internship, and take an extensive examination that tests their skills in the clinical proficiencies of athletic training. 

To make sure athletic trainers stay up-to-date on new information, the BOC and the state licensing board demand athletic trainers complete a number of continuing education units each year. 

Athletic trainers also are trained in advanced first aid and CPR/AED and must be re-certified every year.​

Concussion guidelines

Parents, coaches and children involved in organized youth sports are required by Wisconsin state law to receive information about the signs, symptoms and risks of sports related to concussion. Learn more about concussions in amateur athletics​.​

Athletic trainers in area schools

​​​​Marshfield​​ Clinic athletic trainers maintain regular hours in central and northern Wisconsin schools. Find out when an athletic trainer is available at your school. View the trainers schedule.

In the event of injury

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you are concerned about an injury that your child has suffered during athletics, contact the athletic trainer assigned to your child's team or school. 

Your child's coach or athletic director will know who is assigned to your child and how to contact ​him or her​.​

Pre-participation screenings

All students who participate in school-organized athletics must complete a sports fitness as required by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA). The screening must be obtained prior to participating in any practice, scrimmage or game. Marshfield Clinic Sports Medicine may provide comprehensive sports fitness screenings at a location near you.

​Information about pre-participation screenings​​.​


Sportsmetrics™ is a six-week program consisting of flexibility, functional warm-up, and a jumping program and weight lifting component for athletes. The Sportsmetrics program is the first training program scientifically proven to reduce ligament injuries in female athletes.

Learn how this program can benefit young athletes​.

​Student athletic trainer summer course​

​​​The purpose of this program is to educate and motivate high school students to learn more about the field of athletic training. ​

2016 summer athletic training course information​

​Training and conditioning

​​​​​​​​Athletic trainers evaluate and treat the physically active patient. Athletic training rehabilitation can decrease pain, improve motion, strength and function, and promote a safe return to activity. Athletic trainers can design ​ individualized treatment and exercise programs to meet the specific needs of the patients, while promoting musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary well-being.​​​​

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Health System athletic trainers play monumental role in high school state tournaments

One common theme during the COVID-19 pandemic is people's yearning for a return to a semblance of normalcy. Local athletes getting to compete at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) state tournaments was a welcome sight to wrap up the high school winter sports seasons. Read more

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