Navigation Links
Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Move from the Sideline to the Frontline to Assist with Pandemic Response

Athletic trainers are licensed allied healthcare professionals, who in collaboration with a physician, can provide primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Secondary schools and colleges/universities employ a large majority of Pennsylvania’s athletic trainers. With school districts and colleges/universities closing and suspending intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, ATs are employing their skills in new ways.

Athletic trainers who are employed by hospitals have taken on new roles assisting with screening patients as they arrive at the hospital and drive up testing sites. Joann Zazula is an athletic trainer at Alvernia University employed through Penn State Health St. Joseph’s. Since she is not able to perform her typical duties she has taken on a new role of screening patients visiting the hospital. Her new role involves asking patients who are reporting for appointments at the medical offices of Penn State Health St. Joseph’s a series of questions which includes asking them if they have been experiencing cough, shortness of breath, fever, or if they have been contacted by state or federal officials informing them they have been exposed to someone with the COVID-19 virus. The other role which she fulfills is serving as first stop of the drive up testing site. Her job is to ensure the patient has a prescription from a physician ordering the test. If they do not, she helps them with the process of having their physician fax a prescription or set up a telemedicine appointment through Penn State Health. Reflecting on her role in the pandemic response, Joann says, “I love having the opportunity to help out. I’m very thankful that I am able to help flatten the curve and keep everything running smoothly. Every little bit of help matters.”

Another way athletic trainers are answering a call to action is through the Go4Ellis app. Go4Ellis is a mobile app that was originally designed to connect sporting event planners with athletic trainers to provide the appropriate health care for their events and the athletes participating. Go4Ellis has partnered with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) to adjust the platform to support hospital systems and health care organizations who are in need of additional staffing to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This effort has created over 2,500 jobs for athletic trainers nationwide over the past five weeks.

You can visit the PATS website ( to stay up to date on the most current happenings with PATS. You can also find PATS on social media:

Instagram: gopatsat
Twitter: gopatsat
Facebook: Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society

For more information regarding this topic or to schedule an interview with PATS President George Roberts, MEd, LAT, ATC, please contact Linda Mazzoli, MS, LAT, ATC, PATS Executive director at

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society, Inc. is a progressive organization of licensed healthcare professionals who work under the direction of a licensed physician. Our society continues to increase public awareness and education regarding Athletic Trainers and the Athletic Training profession while serving as the premier source of information for public safety, injury and illness prevention, early intervention, patient care, and healthcare delivery for the physically active in the Commonwealth.
“The Keystone to a Healthy and Physically Active Life”

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2020 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Washington, PA Oral Surgeon, Dr. Brandon Humberger, Celebrates One Year at Western Pennsylvania & Ohio Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
2. Seeking a Third Opinion Led this Pennsylvania Couple to Treatment that Made Their Dreams of Parenthood Finally a Reality
3. Shady Grove Fertility Adds Eighth Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, Melanie Ochalski, M.D., to the Pennsylvania Medical Team
4. Meyer Celebrates 30 Years as Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society Members and Students Volunteer at Special Olympics
5. Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Posts 98.02 percent NCLEX Pass Rate
6. MedVet Expands Specialty and Emergency Services to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
7. The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society Completes Four Year Grant From the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Concussion Education, Management and Care
8. Sectra Signs Enterprise-wide PACS Contract with the University of Pennsylvania Health System
9. Wolf Administration Officials Participate in Lackawanna County Opioid Task Force to Combat Epidemic in Pennsylvania
10. Wolf Administration Officials, Overdose Survivor Commend Pennsylvania EMS Providers for Using Narcan to Save Lives
11. Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuits Move Forward, As Pennsylvania Mass Tort Program Schedules March Meeting, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports
Post Your Comments:
(Date:7/7/2020)... ... 2020 , ... To support those on the front-lines of the Covid-19 pandemic, ... meals to the employees of Southern Nevada Health District. WGC Las Vegas will be ... July 8th. , When asked why the Women of Global Change felt it was ...
(Date:7/7/2020)... ... 07, 2020 , ... SupplyPro announces a Contact Tracing function available on its ... one of us. SupplyPro is dedicated to supporting the worldwide response to COVID-19. Recent ... - a powerful tool in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. , ...
(Date:7/4/2020)... ... July 03, 2020 , ... With joyful celebrations, since June ... approved capacities, reactivating the state's economy. The government health authorities' protocols have been ... most recent opening was beautiful Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:7/7/2020)... ... July 07, 2020 , ... The Germ-Fogger™ disinfecting spray system ... sanitize large surfaces is now available in Mexico and Latin America. A new ... region. , In this era of worldwide pandemic, the ability to rapidly and ...
(Date:7/2/2020)... ... July 02, 2020 , ... ... the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Its lead indication is vitiligo. Vitiligo patients ... this time. , While vitiligo is equally prevalent in all ethnic ...
(Date:7/2/2020)... ... July 02, 2020 , ... The Coronavirus ... for non-emergency work. In conjunction with the American Dental Association and Centers for ... in mid-May. , Due to safety concerns, the announcement sparked hesitancy among ...
(Date:7/1/2020)... , ... July 01, 2020 , ... ... Doug Salvador, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical ... Safety Strategies, LLC have joined the SIDM Board of Directors. Dr. Salvador and ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... 26, 2020 , ... PathAI, a global provider of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered technology ... digital scoring of PD-L1 expression to assess response in patients treated with Bristol Myers ... Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting. AACR was held June 22 to June ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):