About Athletic Training

Athletic Training is an allied health professional that is responsible for the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. It also includes the education and counseling of athletes, parents and coaches along with administration and organizations of athletic medicine programs.Athletic trainers collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. The profession is recognized by the American Medical Association. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. 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. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master's degree.

Typical patients and clients served by athletic trainers include:

  • Recreational, amateur, and professional athletes
  • Individuals who have suffered musculoskeletal injuries
  • Those seeking strength, conditioning, fitness, and performance enhancement
  • Others delegated by the physician

Some places athletic training services are provided include:

  • Athletic training facilities
  • Schools (K-12, colleges, universities)
  • Amateur, professional and Olympic sports venues
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Physician offices
  • Community facilities
  • Workplaces (commercial and government)

 


Athletic Trainers' vs Personal Trainer

Athletic training is not the same profession as personal training. And certified athletic trainers work with more than just athletes – they can be found just about anywhere that people are physically active. To become certified athletic trainers, students must graduate with bachelors or masters degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified.

Athletic Trainer Personal Trainer

An athletic trainer is an expert at recognizing, treating and preventing musculoskeletal injuries. ATs meets qualifications set by the Board of Certification, Inc., and adhere to the requirements of a state licensing board. ATs practice under the direction of a physician and are members of a health care profession recognized by the American Medical Association.

A personal trainer develops, monitors and changes an individual's specific exercise programin a fitness or sports setting; some personal trainers also make nutrition recommendations. Personal trainers can earn credentials through a number of agencies and can work as fitness trainers without formal instruction or certification.

Requirements:

• 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

Requirements:

• May or may not have higher education in health sciences

• May or may not be required to obtain certification or state licensing

• May or may not participate in continuing education

• May become certified by any one of numerous organizations that set varying education and practice requirements

Daily Duties:

– Provide physical medicine and rehabilitation services

– Prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries (acute and chronic)

– Coordinate care with physicians and other health care professionals

– Work in schools, colleges, professional sports, clinics, hospitals, corporations, industry, military, performing arts

Daily Duties:

– Assess fitness needs and design appropriate exercise regimens

– Work with clients to achieve fitness goals

– Help educate the public on the importance of physical activity

– Work in health clubs, wellness centers and other locations where fitness activities take place