ATs Care

Ancil Lea

ATs Care: Peer-to-Peer Support Program

The ATs Care program is designed to offer crisis management training opportunities for athletic trainers dealing with the aftermath of a critical incident. The mission of the ATs Care Committee is to aid ATs and AT students who have been through a critical incident by utilizing a peer-to-peer system to assist, monitor and encourage these individuals to seek initial support through state or regional ATs Care teams. 

A Note from ATs Care
Loss of life impacts each of us in different ways.  If you or a colleague is in need of assistance navigating the sorrow surrounding this news, we ask that you seek assistance from grief experts and consider contacting ATs Care.


Seek Support
If you or someone you know responds to an emergency or experiences a traumatic event, please contact ATs Care. Critical incidents can cause stress that can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While it is normal to have an emotional reaction, most of us will need assistance processing these new emotions. Our teams have been trained to help you deal with these challenging situations.

  • If you have questions or would like more information about becoming a peer support provider, contact Katie Scott.
  • View the members of the ATs Care Committee.
  • To reach the ATs Care Committee, please click the contact button below and complete the form. Someone will be in touch within 48 hours.


ATs Helping ATs
How can ATs Care help you in a crisis?

  • Pre-Incident Education: What is Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)?
  • Provide athletic trainers and collegiate athletic training students with educational materials about critical incidents, post-traumatic stress and the effects of each in the workplace and in one’s personal life.
  • Training
  • Offer training to ATs and athletic training students at national, district and potentially state meetings and create a network of athletic trainers trained in psychological first-aid.
  • Post-event Assessment
  • Provide psychological and emotional support to athletic trainers through phone calls, on-scene assessment support, demobilization intervention, post-incident defusing or one-on-one interaction, group debriefings and follow-up.

The goal of ATs Care is to develop regional and state CISM teams located throughout the country that are readily available to respond to the needs of AT colleagues, students and staff after a critical incident. These team members are certified AT colleagues specifically trained in critical incident stress management techniques who understand not only the issues you face during a critical incident, but also the reality that ATs continue to provide care and coverage to a team following the event. ATs will be able to provide you and your staff the support you need to navigate through a critical incident.


Video Library: ATs Care members share their personal experiences with a critical incident
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Emergency Hotline: 410-313-2473
Critical Incident Stress Management Handout (pdf)
Post-Event Self Care Guidelines (pdf)
Mental Health Card (pdf)