Andrea Jarvis, Certified Athletic Trainer

Andrea Jarvis, Certified Athletic TrainerAndi grew up in California and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training from San Diego State University. She moved to North Carolina to complete her Master’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. During her time at UNC, Andi greatly enjoyed working with the school’s cross country and gymnastics teams. After graduation, she moved to Virginia and gained experience treating a wide variety of patients in an outpatient physical therapy and sports medicine clinic. Andi discovered her passion for dance and performing arts medicine while working with a local ballet company in Virginia. She is also a certified massage therapist and a licensed chiropractic assistant.

Andi relies on evidence-based research in designing her rehabilitation programs, keeping up-to-date on current health care standards and working very closely with the doctors and other providers at Absolute Wellness. She strives to create a safe and welcoming healing environment throughout the treatment plan, while also ensuring her patients have the skills and confidence they will need to prevent re-injury and stay healthy and strong long after in-clinic care.

In her spare time, you are likely to find Andi hiking, reading a good book or socializing with friends. She has also taught both aerial yoga and barre, a ballet-inspired workout.

From the National Athletic Training Association:

What is athletic training?

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.

Who are athletic trainers?

Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes.

Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree.