what is a certified athletic trainer?
Certified athletic trainers (ATs) are medical experts in preventing, recognizing, managing, and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. Studies have proven that athletes treated by certified athletic trainers are more likely to avoid injuries and illness and when an injury does occur, they return to activity faster than athletes who don't have access to a certified athletic trainer.
Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health profession. The AT specializes in the the following areas:
ATs work as a part of the sports medicine team, under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents. ATC's are able to treat injuries more effectively because they work with the athletes on a daily basis and get to know them each individually.
Where do ATs Work?
You can find ATs most anywhere there are physically active people. Some of the more common sites for ATs to work include:
What education does an AT need?
Students who want to become athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Classroom instruction includes the following areas:
The classroom or didactic learning is reinforced by clinical education experiences (in the form of clinical rotations and proficiencies). Students will be in the athletic training setting under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer.
How do I become an AT?
Requirements for taking the Board of Certification (BOC) exam:
Additional information about the athletic training profession is available on the NATA website.
Updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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