About the AT
What is an Athletic Trainer?
An athletic trainer is a certified healthcare professional who works primarily in the field of sports medicine. Athletic trainers collaborate with physicians to manage the care of sports injuries and conditions. Not only do athletic trainers provide on field practice and game coverage, but their domains of practice include prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, rehabilitation and education of injuries and medical conditions sustained in an athletic environment. Athletic trainers are trained in Professional Rescuer CPR and are recognized by the American Medical Association as a health care profession.
To become an athletic trainer, individuals must complete a professional athletic training education program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Once the individual has completed the program, the candidate is eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam. The individual must pass the BOC exam to become nationally certified. Each candidate must then submit an application to his/her desired state for licensure. Once an individual is certified nationally and licensed in a state, he/she is eligible to practice as an athletic trainer. To maintain licensure and certification, each athletic trainer must participate in ongoing continuing education and report to the Board of Certification every three (3) years.
Athletic trainers work in all different types of work environments, from high school to professional sports to physical therapy clinics. The athletic training profession is growing yearly, with an increased acknowledgment of the importance of their services. In any setting, an athletic trainer is the first line of professional care for musculoskeletal injuries and medical conditions.
About the AT:
Chris Lundsted ATC, NHLAT
University of New Hampshire Class of 2014
Conval High School Class of 2010
Chris Lundsted has been the athletic trainer at Conval High School since 2015. He is an employee of Monadnock Community Hospital where he spends time working in the Orthopedics Department. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. During his time at UNH, Chris worked as a Student Athletic Trainer with the UNH Women’s Field Hockey team, Men’s Soccer team, and Men’s Ice Hockey team in addition to a rotation with Exeter High School.
Phone: (603)924-3869 ext. 4609