Who is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic Trainers are licensed healthcare providers who work with physicians, parents, participants and coaches to provide health care to physically active patients.
Athletic Training encompasses the prevention, assessment, treatment and management of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions.
More than Just a “Trainer”
What comes to mind when you hear the word “trainer”? Most likely you think of a personal trainer- someone who works with individuals to design and/or monitor an exercise program.
There are significant differences between personal trainers and athletic trainers though-both in terms of qualification and practice.
- Must obtain, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from an accredited university or college and complete appropriate clinical training
- Must pass a comprehensive exam to earn the athletic trainer (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 ethic
The practice of athletic training includes:
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation services
- Life-saving medical skills in emergency situations
- Apply protective or injury-preventive devices such as tape, bandages and braces
- Prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries and illnesses (acute and chronic)
- Coordinate care with physicians and other healthcare providers
- Make return-to-activity/return-to-work decisions
Athletic Trainers work in a variety of settings, including schools, colleges, professional sports, clinics, hospitals, corporations, performing arts venues, municipalities (e.g. fire and police departments) and the military.
Here are some websites with more information on Athletic Training.
Athletic Trainer's Society of NJ
National Athletic Trainer's Association