Dallas, TX (March 18, 2019) – March Madness, the NCAA men's basketball tournament, is one of the premier sporting events of the year. A healthy team versus one with injuries can mean the difference between winning and breaking brackets.

With an extended season and high-intensity games, players are at greater risk for injury. Athletic trainers are the health care professionals who work with players all season long to help prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries. National Athletic Trainers’ Association certified athletic trainers are available to talk about:

  • Injury prevention for the three most common basketball injuries in the NCAA (ankle sprains, concussions, knee sprains) as well as other injuries in the post-season.
  • AT led recovery options for players with one or fewer days between tournament games.
  • What athletic trainers look for during the critical moments after an injury happens and what the audience at home and in the arena should know.
  • What usually happens in the locker room after an injured player leaves the game.
  • Rehabilitation options for basketball-related injuries.

Certified athletic trainers are available for backgrounders and interviews throughout the duration of the tournament. Contact pr@nata.org to set up an interview.

About NATA: National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) – Health Care for Life & Sport

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related illnesses. They prevent and treat chronic musculoskeletal injuries from sports, physical and occupational activity and provide immediate care for acute injuries. Athletic trainers offer a continuum of care that is unparalleled in health care. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 45,000 members of the athletic training profession. For more information, visit www.nata.org. At Your Own Risk is NATA’s public awareness campaign designed to educate, provide resources and equip the public to act and advocate for safety in work, life, and sport. In an effort to provide comprehensive information, the association has launched a website that provides recommendations on keeping student athletes and communities active and employees safe on the job. Visit AtYourOwnRisk.org.