Concentra Recognizes National Athletic Training Month

03/12/2013

Concentra, a subsidiary of Humana Inc., is taking part in National Athletic Training Month throughout March by recognizing the talents of athletic trainers in its organization, and the outcomes these skilled professionals help to achieve for its many employer-clients and patients.

As the nation’s largest provider of employer health care services, Concentra utilizes certified athletic trainers to bring experienced health and safety guidance to the workplace without the necessity of a dedicated health care facility. Officially known as the Worksite Athletic Health Specialist (WAHS) program, the company’s athletic trainer program creates a scalable option to deliver health and wellness programs directly to employees, improving access and affordability while reducing costs.

“Concentra realizes the value of proactive health and wellness, made available by athletic trainers in the workplace, and takes pride in providing such benefits to its industrial clients,” said Concentra Vice-President of Physical Therapy Peter Deziel. “In addition to general health care services, our WAHS program also offers ergonomic evaluations, work readiness and conditioning, on-site accident investigations, and employee health education at times and locations that match that of each client’s workforce.”

Traditionally, athletic trainers have applied their skills in conjunction with professional and youth sports programs, providing rapid evaluation and therapy treatment to return athletes to function faster. Recognizing that employees in industrial settings also must meet certain physical demands, similar to athletes on a playing field, Concentra helped to develop the concept of an industrial athlete, opening new doors for athletic trainers to utilize their skills to benefit both the employer and the employee.

Athletic trainers are equipped with skills to prevent injury, perform immediate and emergency care, perform clinical evaluation, treat and rehabilitate injuries, as well as organize wellness programs for the overall health of the work force. Unlike a personal trainer or fitness instructor, athletic trainers must have a bachelor or master’s degree in their field and pass a comprehensive accreditation exam in order to become a certified athletic trainer (ATC). An ATC must also participate in continuing education courses and adhere to national certifying standards and code of ethics.

In addition to its successful WAHS program, Concentra continues to implement innovative medical programs, custom health care solutions, and advanced clinical outcomes to help patients and employers realize positive medical outcomes and lifelong well-being. The company employs board-certified physicians, licensed therapists, occupational health specialists, and trained medical technicians to deliver exceptional heath care to patients across the country.