Expertise in Injury Prevention,
Ergonomic Assessment
and Employee Fitness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practicing the art of caring for active employees.

Caring for Industrial Athletes

An Alternative to OSHA-Recordable Treatment

Injury prevention and health management in sports is designed to safely maximize human performance. WorkCare’s Certified Athletic Trainer Program applies similar principles to active employees who are Industrial Athletes.

The Challenge

Workplace injuries associated with physical exertion or overuse are largely preventable, yet they continue to occur in the absence of effective interventions. Mild aches and pains can quickly escalate to painful musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that result in high medical costs, work loss and disability.

Private industries reported 285,950 work-related MSDs in 2016, with a median of 12 lost work days per case.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety Pays calculator estimates the cost of one work-related strain is $69,594. The 2018 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index lists overexertion as the leading cause of workplace injuries, resulting in an annual $13.7 billion loss for U.S. businesses. The impact of injuries affecting muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels on individuals, families and society, in general, is incalculable.

The Solution
WorkCare’s Certified Athletic Trainer Program

Astute employers tap the expertise of Athletic Trainers to build and sustain prevention-oriented workplaces. WorkCare’s Certified Athletic Trainers function as Injury Prevention Specialists who give companies the opportunity to perform assessments, provide health coaching and deliver hands-on care in accordance with OSHA definitions of injury prevention, first aid and non-recordable interventions.

The Athletic Trainer/Specialist may be assigned to a specific location, rotate among worksites or act in a consulting capacity for specific projects.

Benefits

The value of Athletic Trainer/Specialist interventions is evident on the bottom line. Related metrics include reductions in injury, claim and OSHA-recordable rates, lower medical and insurance costs, and improved workforce morale, job performance and overall fitness. Athletic Trainers have a natural ability to establish trust with employees. Under the supervision of a WorkCare occupational medicine physician, capabilities offered by our Athletic Trainer/Specialists include:

  • Ergonomic assessments and task analysis
  • Guidance on stretching and proper body mechanics
  • Education to help workers manage fatigue and stress
  • Education to help workers manage fatigue and stress
  • Instruction on work conditioning, general fitness and diet
  • First aid to relieve physical discomfort
  • Using work activities as therapy during recovery
  • Collaborating with Environment, Health & Safety teams

Training and Experience

WorkCare’s Athletic Trainers are proficient in evidence-based medical practice. They are trained in ergonomics and non-invasive therapeutic techniques. Our Athletic Trainers are familiar with medical record privacy and documentation rules, first aid and medical treatment interpretations, and insurance coverage and related regulations. To become certified, an Athletic Trainer must graduate with a related bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification, a non-profit credentialing agency.

How Companies Use Athletic Trainers

In a national benchmarking survey, WorkCare found major employers leverage Athletic Trainer expertise in a variety or ways.

Stretching programs
Injury prevention training
Bio-mechanical assessments
Coaching: work station/operational changes
First aid
Ergonomic audits

Who are Athletic Trainers?
Health care professionals who…

“… render service or treatment under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states’ statutes, rules and regulations; services include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.”

(Source: Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer)

“… optimize patient and client activity and participation in athletics, work and life. The practice of athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination and diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute, subacute and chronic neuro-musculoskeletal conditions to minimize subsequent impairments, functional limitations, disability and societal limitations.”

(Source: National Athletic Trainer Association)

About WorkCare

WorkCare, Inc., is a national, physician-directed occupational health company. WorkCare’s integrated solutions for employers include On-site Services; Medical Exams & Travel program management; Incident Intervention 24/7 telehealth triage; Consulting Occupational Physicians; and programs designed to reduce absence, boost workforce productivity and morale, and ensure a sense of personal well-being for employees.

To learn more, contact our Business Development team:
800.455.6155 • info@workcare.com
www.workcare.com