What is Athletic Training

What is an Athletic Trainer?

The certified athletic trainer (ATC) is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the ATC functions as an integral member of the athletic healthcare team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, industrial settings and other healthcare environments.

It's incorrect to call them "trainers"

If you do this, you are not distinguishing between certified athletic trainers and a number of other professions that include the word "trainer," like personal trainers or horse trainers. If you don't want to use the full name "certified athletic trainer," use "athletic trainer" or, best of all, "ATC."

They are allied health professionals

In fact, the American Medical Association recognizes athletic training as an allied healthcare profession and recommends the use of ATCs in all high school athletic programs. The certified athletic trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the ATC functions as an integral member of the athletic healthcare team.
It's not an overwhelmingly male profession. According to 1999 statistics, 46 percent are female.

What is Athletic Training?

The Certified Athletic Trainer
The certified athletic trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in athletic healthcare. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic healthcare team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, and other athletic healthcare settings.

Education

Certified athletic trainers have, at minimum, a bachelor's degree, usually in athletic training, health, physical education, or exercise science. In addition, athletic trainers study human anatomy, human physiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, athletic training, nutrition, and psychology/counseling. Certified athletic trainers also participate in extensive clinical affiliations with athletic teams under appropriate supervision.

Certification

Certified athletic trainers have fulfilled the requirements for certification established by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC). The certification examination administered by NATABOC consists of a written portion with multiple choice questions; an oral/practical section that evaluates the skill components of the domains within athletic training; and a written simulation test, consisting of athletic training related situations designed to approximate real-life decision making. This last portion of the test evaluates athletic trainers' ability to resolve cases similar to those they might encounter in actual practice. The examination covers a variety of topics within the six practice domains of athletic training:
Prevention
• Recognition, Evaluation, and Assessment
•Immediate Care
Treatment, Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
Organization and Administration
Professional Development and Responsibility

Once athletic trainers pass the certification examination to prove their skills and knowledge within each of the six domains, they are awarded the designation "ATC."
A Typical Day

Potiential future athletic trainer?

The typical day for a certified athletic trainer varies with the level of competition, employment setting- traditional, clinical, industrial, corporate-and other institutional requirements.
Some high school athletic trainers are hired by school systems and may also teach. These individuals must manage their time carefully to ensure students receive professional academic instruction in the classroom and quality health care in athletic endeavors.

Before practice, the athletic trainer tapes, bandages, wraps, braces, and completes similar preventive measures.

During practice, the athletic trainer evaluates injuries and determines whether to refer athletes to a physician or follow standing orders and manage minor injuries. The athletic trainer must ensure continual communication between the injured athlete, physician, coach, and family on when and how the athlete can return to practice and competition.
As specialists in the prevention, recognition, and rehabilitation of injuries incurred by athletes, athletic trainers administer immediate emergency care and-under the supervision a licensed physician-use their knowledge of the injuries incurred by the physically active individual and the factors influencing them to develop a treatment program based on medical, exercise, and sports sciences.


Female Athletic Trainers
Although athletic training was once considered a male-dominated profession, more than 40 percent of all members of the National Athletic Trainers' Association are women. As of January 1990, more than half of the athletic trainers certified by the NATA have been women.



The certified athletic trainer (ATC) is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the ATC functions as an integral member of the athletic healthcare team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, industrial settings and other healthcare environments.

It's incorrect to call them "trainers"

If you do this, you are not distinguishing between certified athletic trainers and a number of other professions that include the word "trainer," like personal trainers or horse trainers. If you don't want to use the full name "certified athletic trainer," use "athletic trainer" or, best of all, "ATC."


They are allied health professionals

In fact, the American Medical Association recognizes athletic training as an allied healthcare profession and recommends the use of ATCs in all high school athletic programs. The certified athletic trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the ATC functions as an integral member of the athletic healthcare team.
It's not an overwhelmingly male profession. According to 1999 statistics, 46 percent are female.

What is Athletic Training?

The Certified Athletic Trainer
The certified athletic trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in athletic healthcare. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic healthcare team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, and other athletic healthcare settings.

Education

Certified athletic trainers have, at minimum, a bachelor's degree, usually in athletic training, health, physical education, or exercise science. In addition, athletic trainers study human anatomy, human physiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, athletic training, nutrition, and psychology/counseling. Certified athletic trainers also participate in extensive clinical affiliations with athletic teams under appropriate supervision.

Certification

Certified athletic trainers have fulfilled the requirements for certification established by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC). The certification examination administered by NATABOC consists of a written portion with multiple choice questions; an oral/practical section that evaluates the skill components of the domains within athletic training; and a written simulation test, consisting of athletic training related situations designed to approximate real-life decision making. This last portion of the test evaluates athletic trainers' ability to resolve cases similar to those they might encounter in actual practice. The examination covers a variety of topics within the six practice domains of athletic training:
§ Prevention
§ Recognition, Evaluation, and Assessment
§ Immediate Care
§ Treatment, Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
§ Organization and Administration
§ Professional Development and Responsibility

Once athletic trainers pass the certification examination to prove their skills and knowledge within each of the six domains, they are awarded the designation "ATC."
A Typical Day

Potiential future athletic trainer?

The typical day for a certified athletic trainer varies with the level of competition, employment setting- traditional, clinical, industrial, corporate-and other institutional requirements.
Some high school athletic trainers are hired by school systems and may also teach. These individuals must manage their time carefully to ensure students receive professional academic instruction in the classroom and quality health care in athletic endeavors.

Before practice, the athletic trainer tapes, bandages, wraps, braces, and completes similar preventive measures.

During practice, the athletic trainer evaluates injuries and determines whether to refer athletes to a physician or follow standing orders and manage minor injuries. The athletic trainer must ensure continual communication between the injured athlete, physician, coach, and family on when and how the athlete can return to practice and competition.
As specialists in the prevention, recognition, and rehabilitation of injuries incurred by athletes, athletic trainers administer immediate emergency care and-under the supervision a licensed physician-use their knowledge of the injuries incurred by the physically active individual and the factors influencing them to develop a treatment program based on medical, exercise, and sports sciences.

Female Athletic Trainers
Although athletic training was once considered a male-dominated profession, more than 40 percent of all members of the National Athletic Trainers' Association are women. As of January 1990, more than half of the athletic trainers certified by the NATA have been women.