What is Athletic Training?

What is Athletic Training?
Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession. Certified athletic trainers work in a variety of settings including secondary schools, colleges & universities, professional teams, sports medicine clinics, 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.

Who are Athletic Trainers?
Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. They develop athletic injury prevention and treatment programs using their knowledge of biomechanics, anatomy and pathology. Athletic trainers also provide a vital communication link between the injured athlete, the physician, the coach and sometimes the athlete's family to determine when it's right to return to practice and competition. In addition to the above mentioned tasks, certified athletic trainers also oversee and perform a variety of administrative duties. These duties include budget allocation, ordering of supplies and equipment, record keeping, and coordination of coverage for daily practices and games.

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