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Welcome to Patrick Blair`s teacher page! 

Welcome to Lanier Sports Medicine
 
Head Athletic Trainer, Patrick Blair, is in his 14th year at Lanier High School, and has 22 years experience as a high school athletic trainer.  He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Health Education.  Trainer Blair began his athletic training career at Reagan High School in Austin, where he worked for 9 years.  During his time at Reagan he was part of the 1992 state championship team in boys track.  He is married to Mrs. Annette Blair, who is the director of the Lanier Vikette Dance Team.  During his time away from school, Trainer Blair enjoys playing golf and attending Texas Longhorn football games. 

 

What is an Athletic Trainer?

In 1971, Texas Became the First State to enact a law requiring athletic trainers to meet specific standards of education, professionalism, and ethics. Individuals practicing in the state of Texas must be duly licensed by the State Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers. The State Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers, a division of the Texas Department of Health, was established to govern the athletic trainer to ensure the criteria is met by each applicant for licensure. The Advisory Board administers the licensure examination and regulate the standards by which athletic trainers are held accountable. The education committee constantly upgrades the exam by reviewing the efficacy of the exam as well as determining new and changing applications of the profession.

An athletic trainer works with the consent of a physician or other health care provider licensed to refer, for the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and physical rehabilitation of a sports or sport related injury or illness. The athletic trainers works in a variety of settings, including secondary schools, college/universities, clinics, hospitals, and industrial/occupational settings. Athletic trainers are widely respected as the complete health care provider from prevention to return to activity.

Employing an athletic trainer demonstrates a commitment to the health and well being of young athletes. Early evaluation and treatment of injuries may reduce recovery time and decrease complications in the event of a severe injury. The licensed athletic trainer is well versed in all aspects of preventative medicine, including sport specific conditioning programs, taping, padding, and proper equipment fitting in team sports.