Welcome To NC State Sports Medicine
Few programs play a role as essential to the continued success of NC State athletics as Sports Medicine. The NC State athletic training rooms are staffed by an experienced team of professionals under the direction of Robert Murphy, Director of Sports Medicine. The staff includes eight full-time certified athletic trainers supported by ten graduate assistants. This highly trained group provides injury recognition, acute injury management, injury rehabilitation, and injury prevention. Athletic trainers at NC State develop relationships with student-athletes and possess a detailed knowledge of student-athletes' medical backgrounds before any medical or injury issues occur. This unique situation provides for an efficient and expedient flow of medical care to our student-athletes if an issue were to occur.
Head team physician, John Rubino, M.D. and his staff oversee this group of health care professionals. Together with our orthopedic surgeons, these physicians direct the healthcare team. This team in the sports medicine department includes chiropractic care, registered dietician, sports psychologist, physical therapist, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, as well as access to acute dental care. All of these medical professionals are dedicated to provide the highest quality medical services to our student-athletes.
NCSU's Student Health Center (SHC) and the athletics department's sports medicine office have developed a strong working relationship. The Student Health Center offers many medical services to all enrolled students, including student-athletes. The medical staff at SHC, led by Medical Director Mary Bengston, M.D., is well aware of the unique needs of student-athletes and provides thorough medical care.
NCSU's Sports Medicine foundation is built around its athletic trainers. Currently, 8 full time, licensed, certified Athletic trainers, and 10 graduate assistants in Sports Medicine, are employed. All athletic trainers must earn a degree from an athletic training curriculum that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and then pass a comprehensive test administered by the National Athletic Training Board of Certification (BOC). Certified athletic trainers are recognized as allied healthcare practitioners by the American Medical Association. Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified.
All care for student-athlete medical issues begin with the athletic trainers. They have specific training and knowledge for each sport allowing them to work closely with team physicians, coaches, strength/conditioning staff, and student-athletes to design workouts that will improve their athletic ability. More importantly, athletic trainers are able to evaluate student-athletes to identify conditions that may predispose them to injury then formulate and execute a plan to rectify the condition. Athletic trainers are in a unique position to provide care as they have a solid relationship with student-athletes before they ever have a medical issue. Unfortunately, injuries are a part of athletics. However, if an injury does occur, our athletic trainers are present at all team activities. They are able to see it happen, immediately provide acute care, formulate and execute a rehabilitation plan to quickly and safely return the student-athlete to competition.