What is an Athletic Trainer

What is athletic training?

Athletic Training is an allied health profession who are multi-skilled at providing health care to the physically active individuals. They provide services that comprise prevention, examination, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. They collaborate with physicians and is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a health care profession. Certified athletic trainers work in a variety of settings which include secondary schools, colleges & universities, professional teams, sports medicine clinics, military and corporate health programs.

What are the qualifications of a certified athletic trainer?

Certified athletic trainers must obtain a bachelor’s of science degree from an approved and accredited athletic training curriculum program. This degree includes basic courses in human anatomy, exercise physiology, basic first aid, biomechanics, and nutrition. The degree program also includes more specialized courses in injury prevention & management, injury evaluation & assessment, pharmacology, risk management, and therapeutic modalities.

In order to be able to practice as certified athletic trainers, these individuals must sit for the certification exam after completing their degree. This exam is administered by the Board of Certification. Once they pass the exam, they are allowed to use the ATC credential, which signifies them as a certified athletic trainer.

Related Links

National Athletic Trainers Association

Connecticut Athletic Trainers Association