Brett Gustman, athletic trainer at Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Va., works to protect a toe blister on a player before the start of a spring football camp. He is one of two athletic trainers in the school. Fairfax County schools have had an athletic-training program since 1983. But nationwide, only about a third of high schools with athletic programs have an athletic trainer regularly assigned.

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Brett Gustman, athletic trainer at Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Va., works to protect a toe blister on a player before the start of a spring football camp. He is one of two athletic trainers in the school. Fairfax County schools have had an athletic-training program since 1983. But nationwide, only about a third of high schools with athletic programs have an athletic trainer regularly assigned.

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