Providing Active Care
for Active People

We are a professional membership association for athletic trainers and those who support the athletic training profession in Wisconsin.

Our mission is to improve the quality of health care for the physically active in the state of Wisconsin by the promotion and advancement of the athletic training profession and the licensed/certified athletic trainer.

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Facts About Athletic Trainers

1. Athletic trainers know and practice health care at the highest professional, ethical and quality standards in order to protect the public.

2. Athletic trainers are regulated and licensed health care workers.

3. More than 50 percent of athletic trainers work outside of school athletic settings; they provide services to people of all ages. 

4. ATs improve patient functional and physical outcomes.

5.  ATs specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury and reduce rehabilitative and other health care costs.

6. ATs provide the same or better outcomes in clinical settings as other providers.


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The National Athletic Trainers’ Association awarded its Safe Sports School Award to Berlin High School, which has its athletic training services provided by ThedaCare. The award recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes and reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

The award shows the commitment ThedaCare and the Berlin schools have to keeping athletes safe, said Melissa Johnston, an athletic trainer with ThedaCare who has worked at Berlin High School since 2003. Since she started at the school, Johnston has seen her role grow. She went from providing minimal event coverage and visited the school one day a week to providing daily coverage at Berlin High School, covering all home sports competitions, traveling for playoff games and traveling for all high-risk contact sports, such as football.

“We take pride in keeping our athletes safe in all aspects of playing sports,” Johnston said. “Safety is our No. 1 priority. The staff, community, and families that I work with play a huge part and support me in keeping our kids safe. We have a well-rounded concussion program in place at the school and support from our concussion providers on not returning kids back to soon.”

As part of the school’s program, all high school athletes receive concussion testing before they start playing and have any injuries evaluated and treated.

Berlin High School received the award’s first team designation – the eighth school in Wisconsin to receive that status. Joe Brandl, assistant principal and athletic director at Berlin High School, said the award is a testament to the work done by Johnston and ThedaCare.

“Johnston works her tail off to ensure the safety of our student-athletes and does a wonderful job not matter the issue or the time of day,” he said. “This proves that the policies and procedures we follow with a joint effort are based on best practices. We are excited for another strong year for our student-athletes and know that Melissa is a huge factor in their health and well-being.”

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