About Us

Our Mission is to provide Certified Athletic Trainers and resources for educational purposes, healthcare consultation and athletic event coverage for injury assessment, management, triage, treatment, rehabilitation & medical referral.

Jim Mackie

Owner & Operator

Jim MackieJim graduated from the University of Florida and received a Masters Degree from Eastern Kentucky. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and is Licensed by the State of Florida. His work experience includes: Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Florida, Braintree Hospital Out-patient Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine and Brockton High School, Riverside Hospital & Baptist St. Vincent’s Health System, Healthsouth Rehabilitation, and St. Vincent’s Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine. Jim also serves as a Preceptor for the Athletic Training Curriculum with the University of North Florida.

Jim was one of the founding members of the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida, Inc.. He has served as President, Vice-President, and Chair of the Placement Committee. During this time he helped to coordinate the efforts involved with its Constitution and By-Law’s, Corporate Sponsorship, Licensure of Athletic Trainers by the state, and numerous other tasks.

Jim has a variety of experience in organizing and directing the medical services for many large athletic events. They include the Florida Relays & Marathon, the Gator Gallop, Southeast Conference Baseball Championships, NCAA Golf Championships, the PGA-MS 150 Bike Tour, the GATE River Run, and the Jacksonville Marathon. He has also volunteered his services for events such as the Boston Marathon, Hoop It Up, Air It Out, Justin Healers & Professional Rodeo, the Jacksonville Axemen Rugby, and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He has also consulted and provided care for the Jacksonville Bullets and Jacksonville Lizard Kings Professional Hockey Clubs.

Jim has been recognized with the Backbone and District Award from the Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association (SEATA) as well as member of their Hall of Fame. He has received The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Athletic Training Service Award & Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association. He is also a member of the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida Hall of Fame. Jim has served on the National Athletic Trainers Association Placement Committee, the Public Relations Committee and the District Secretary and Treasurer Committee. He currently serves as the President of the NATA District 9 / Southeast Athletic Trainers Association.

He has presented to numerous schools, clinics, and other organizations on injury prevention, care, rehabilitation and sports medicine topics. Jim’s volunteer activities include the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and serves as Chapter Director for HOPE worldwide / Jacksonville, a non-profit organization which serves the needs of the poor, children, and the elderly. Jim is married to Debbie Riggs Mackie of Florence AL and have two grown children, and five grandchildren.

Value of the Athletic Trainer & Sports Medicine

The Certified Athletic Trainer is a unique healthcare provider who manages several roles and responsibilities in the broad spectrum of Sports Medicine. Certified Athletic trainers are not Personal Trainers and are distinguished by their education and training. They are trained to handle multiple tasks and work with Physicians to make objective and evidence based decisions for exercise progression and return to play.

Certified Athletic Trainers are unique health care providers, highly skilled and educated providers to the athletic and physically active population. Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, healthcare providers who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree. Athletic Trainers can be found in a variety of emerging work settings including secondary schools, colleges, and universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, physician offices, the military, occupational workplaces, performing arts, youth sports, recreation and more.

The National Athletic Trainers Association (www.nata.org) represents the more than 30,000 members of the athletic training profession through research and education (www.natafoundation.org). Athletic Trainers are certified through the Board of Certification Inc. (www.bocatc.org) and licensed by the state of Florida. Members of the NATA must agree to abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics. The Board of Certification Inc. requires that all credential holders abide by the Standards of Practice.

Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is an “umbrella term” used to define specialties in preventing, diagnosing, and treating injuries related to participation in sports, physical activity and/or exercise. Sports medicine is difficult to define because it is not a single specialty, but an area that involves a wide variety of health care professionals, researchers, and educators from various disciplines.

The sports medicine “team” can include specialty physicians, surgeons, strength and conditioning coaches, physical therapists, team coaches, certified athletic trainers as well as the athlete. Despite this wide scope, there is a tendency to assume all sport-related issues are musculoskeletal in nature and thus an orthopaedic specialty.

There is much more to sports medicine than just musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Illness or injury in sport can be caused by many factors – from environmental to physiological to psychological. Consequently, sports medicine can encompass an array of specialties, including primary care, cardiology, pulmonology, rehabilitation medicine, orthopaedic surgery, nutrition, dentistry, opthalmology, exercise physiology, and biomechanics. We have access to some of the finest Physicians in the area of Sports Medicine.

Looking for a Certified Athletic Trainer?

We provide Board of Certification and State Licensed Athletic Trainers who are available to provide injury evaluation, treatment, triage for events and athletic teams. We offer Athletic Trainer services on a contractual basis at an hourly rate for these purposes. Other services and programs will have a negotiated rate based upon the topic, number of participants, type of presentation, etc.

Certified Athletic Trainers are unique health care providers, highly skilled and educated providers to the athletic and physically active population. Athletic Training is practiced by athletic trainers, healthcare providers who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

More than 70 percent of Certified Athletic Trainers hold at least a master’s degree. Athletic Trainers can be found in a variety of emerging work settings including secondary schools, colleges, and universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, physician offices, the military, occupational workplaces, performing arts, youth sports, recreation and more.

The National Athletic Trainers Association (www.nata.org) represents the more than 30,000 members of the athletic training profession through research and education (www.natafoundation.org). Athletic Trainers are certified through the Board of Certification Inc. (www.bocatc.org) and licensed by the state of Florida. Members of the NATA must agree to abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics. The Board of Certification Inc. requires that all credential holders abide by the Standards of Practice.

ATSJAX impact in our community

On Going – Planning Coordinator for the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program
Athletic Trainer – Trinity Christian Academy

National Athletic Trainers Association & Annual Clinical Symposium

June – First Coast Sports Injury Symposium: (Event Planner)

April – Secured 25K Grant from Baptist Community Health for organizing and providing ImPACT Concussion testing for Duval County School Athletic programs. (Coordinated testing for nearly 2500 athletes countywide to date)

January, February & March – Jack Del Rio Foundation work “Keeping Young Athletes in the Game” program by providing athletic training & healthcare to underserved schools such as Robert E. Lee, Raines & Ribault High schools

December – Jacksonville Marathon providing medical coverage organization with JFRD & St. Vincent’s Ambulance Transportation (coordinated medical coverage)

August – November: Trinity Christian Academy Athletic Trainer and JSMP