Quote from dd_txlvn
Cheerleading, I agree with OD; sprains, concussions, had one girl get in the way of another girl's high kick.....
But, I've had a student get hit square in the eye from a returned tennis ball..and another student hit himself in the head with his own racket.
I'm so lucky because we have 2 full-time trainers here, so usually they've already been 'assessed' by the time they get to me
and are just wanting some TLC and more ice.
If your trainers are ATC certified (the vast majority will be), they'll be far better at evaluating sports injury than you will likely ever be. Their evaluations are often sufficiently detailed enough for the "team physician" to determine if a given injured athlete needs to be seen, if at all, by that physician. This isn't meant to make you look bad, it's just that we don't get the specialized education they have. These people are also trained along the medical model and therefore they're comfortable speaking with the "team physician" using a common language. You might also be surprised to see how many athletic injuries they do see, treat, and release that you never see. I would be quite surprised if your trainers don't have a very good understanding of the rate of injury seen in each sport, which sport at your school has the highest injury rate, and which injuries are the most commonly seen in each individual sport.
How do I know this? My first degree is in Sports Med and I worked for 2.5 years as an assistant athletic trainer at a Div. III college. Along the way I became very familiar with just about every high school sport. Yes, that does mean right down to the kinematics involved in each sport, and how injuries occur due to each sport's demands.
Now then, one of the drawbacks of the trainer's education is that they're not well educated about non-athletic problems. They should be able to pick up on those and know to send athletes with non-athletic medical issues to the nurse because that's out of their depth and scope of knowledge.