Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences

Advisor

Noel Neptune ATC M.Ed

Keywords

worksite health care clinics, wellness plan, athletic trainers, efficiency, wellness, cost-effectiveness

Abstract

Worksite health care clinics and corporate wellness programs are becoming a staple of companies at all levels. Companies are finding that having onsite healthcare clinics as well as comprehensive wellness programs are not only good incentives for employees but actually able to save large amounts of money with injury prevention, decrease in lost productivity and a number of other factors. A 2010 meta- analysis looking at the Return-Of Investment (ROI) found that there was an average of $3.27 per dollar spent on wellness initiatives ROI. Yearly savings can be upwards of $225,000 in some cases as the Sygenta Crop Production Company have found. Some companies, depending on the industry also offer specific injury prevention programs utilizing different medical professionals. For example, Boeing offers an industrial athlete program that is ran primarily by certified athletic trainers (AT). For this program they measure success based on pain and discomfort reduction as well as number of lost workdays due to injuries. For pain and discomfort Boeing reported that there was typically a decrease of pain by 2.33 and they found that patients who saw the AT staff only missed approximately 0.2 days of work on average. This presentation will look at why every company small and large can benefit by utilizing on site health care or a wellness plan and how AT’s can play an integral role in that development.

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