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Sanford Chamberlain Medical Center salutes athletic trainers


CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – Sanford Chamberlain is celebrating the work of Emily Dorwart this month as part of National Athletic Training Month.

Certified athletic trainers are health professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, management and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses which occur to athletes and the physically active. As part of a complete health care team, the athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, coaches and parents.

To become a certified athletic trainer, students must now earn a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Accredited athletic training programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury, illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic treatments and rehabilitation and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. Students must also pass a comprehensive test administered by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association Board of Certification. Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified.

Athletic trainers practice in a variety of settings including professional and amateur sports venues, clinics, hospitals, schools, the military and corporations. 

Dorwart sees people of all ages that have sports-related injuries or those who need assistance with their exercise program. Dorwart especially works with area high school and middle school coaches and monitors students’ injuries so they can get back on the playing field.  She is heavily involved with the ImPact program, a sophisticated test of cognitive abilities. This test can serve as a tool to help communicate post-concussion status to athletes, coaches, parents, and clinicians. The student takes the test before starting a sport in order to obtain what is called a baseline. It tests athletes on reaction time and memory using shapes, words and colors. After a concussion, the athlete will take the exact same test. The results can help doctors determine if and when a player may return to the game.

Sanford Chamberlain Medical Center is proud to recognize Dorwart during National Athletic Trainers Month as she strives to provide comprehensive care for athletes and physically active individuals in the area.  For more information about athletic training, please contact Emily Dorwart at Sanford Chamberlain at 605-234-7263.

About Sanford Chamberlain

Sanford Chamberlain is served by eight physicians and advanced practice providers. Sanford Chamberlain also includes a 25-bed hospital; surgical services; rehab services; nursing home; home health; hospice. More information can be found at




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