What is a Certified Athletic Trainer?
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences.What are the requirements of an Athletic Trainer?
What are the daily duties of an Athletic Trainer?
- Must obtain, at minimum, a bachelor's degree in athletic training
- Must pass a comprehensive exam to earn the ATC credential
- Must keep their knowledge and skills current by participating in continuing education
- Must adhere to standards of professional practice set by one national certifying agency and to a national code of ethics
Athletic Trainer, not Personal Trainer - What's the difference?
- Provide physical medicine and rehabilitation services
- Prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries
- Coordinate care with physicians and other health care professionals
- Work in schools, colleges, professional sports, clinics, hospitals, corporations, industry, military, and performing arts