According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), in order for any athlete to be at his or her very best, injury prevention and physical activity must go hand and hand. NATA encourages anyone participating in physical activity to incorporate these simple rules:
- Before starting an exercise program, see your physician for a physical exam.
- Use proper and well-fitted equipment (including shoes) when playing sports.
- When playing contact sports, always wear a mouthguard.
- Anyone exercising should drink 7-10 oz. of water or sport drink every 10-20 minutes.
- Maintaining good eating habits and proper nutrition will enhance performance.
- For a healthier body and lifestyle, avoid tobacco, alcohol and other harmful drugs.
- Should a new injury occur, use RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation).
- Always have an emergency plan that includes access to a phone and first aid kit.
Working directly on the sidelines at local high school athletic events, Mr. Clayton is also available immediately following the school day to evaluate, treat or make physician referrals for athletes who may have been injured are in need of treatment. Brooks currently provides an ATC as a community service for student athletes at Dunkirk HS and Silvercreek HS.