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Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006


    Casey Pearce

    The Chargers athletic training staff was recently named Athletic Training Staff of the Year by the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS).

    Quarterback Philip Rivers[​IMG] recently described the care and guidance he received from the Chargers athletic training staff during his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery in 2008 as “second to none.” The Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) agrees.
    PFATS recently announced that San Diego’s staff of Head Athletic Trainer James Collins and his assistants Damon Mitchell and Will Rogers have been voted 2009 Athletic Training Staff of the Year.
    “It’s a big honor for us to receive this award,” Collins said. “It means that our peers feel as though we do a great job in representing the NFL, our players and our team by performing at a high level in athletic training and sports medicine.”
    The PFATS selects its staff of the year based on the following criteria: distinguished service to the NATA, district or state athletic training or sport; medicine organizations; recognition or awards from athletic training or sports medicine organizations; recognition of innovative techniques, procedures or research that has advancedthe athletictrainingprofession; recognition for contribution to their NFL club, the NFL or the NFL community; charitable contributions to the NFL community or the athletic training profession.
    Collins is in his 14th season with the Chargers and 11th as the team’s head athletic trainer. He meets with Head Coach Norv Turner daily to discuss the injury situation and keep the coach up to date on the medical status of his players. Turner appreciates the relationship he has with the team’s head athletic trainer.
    “The biggest thing you need from an athletic training staff is an ability to communicate,” Turner said. “It’s an ability to communicate with the players so that everyone is on the same page. Obviously the communication with me is critical so we know where we are at all times. James and his staff are great communicators.”
    Collins, Mitchell and Rogers are responsible for helping players prevent injuries and treating them when they do occur. That includes leading them through rehabilitation exercises and explaining to the players their physical condition and what they need to do to recover.
    “The job they do daily, their ability to communicate and interact with everybody in a very positive way makes the whole rehab process flow the way it should,” Rivers said. “The relationship and the interaction is very positive between the players and our athletic training staff. James and Damon and Will do a great job.”
    Tight end Antonio Gates[​IMG], who endured a lengthy rehab from toe surgery in 2008, was grateful for the way the Chargers’ athletic training staff helped him understand why certain things hurt and what he could do to help his injury heal.
    “To be able to feel well, to be able to run and just being able to help me through some things, I owe those guys a lot of credit,” Gates said. “They really explained to me what was going on and that the pain was normal. That put me at ease. It’s been no less than magnificent the way those guys help us players maximize our ability.”
    Turner also praised Collins for his patience. Teams often walk a fine line between returning players from injury quickly versus doing what is best for the team and player long term by not doing so until the athlete is fully able to do so physically.
    “Our guys are awfully consistent,” Turner said. “I don’t think anyone feels that they go back on the field before they’re ready to play, which is critical. They do a great job getting them back on the field.”
    Collins, Mitchell and Rogers will be honored at the Ed Block Courage Award Dinner in mid-March in Baltimore, along with the Chargers Ed Block Courage Award winner Shawne Merriman[​IMG]. The Ed Block Courage award is named after the long time Baltimore Colts athletic trainer who dedicated his life to assisting abused children. The black tie dinner honors one player annually from each NFL team who has exemplified courage both on and off the football field. The funds raised by this dinner are dedicated to the care and treatment of abused children in Baltimore and through the network of Courage Houses located in numerous NFL cities.

  2. boltsnow

    boltsnow BoltTalker

    Oct 13, 2006
    Think you guys and lend the Chargers medical staff to the NY Mets? :no::icon_shrug:

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