What is an Athletic Trainer?
According to the Board of Certification (BOC), Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a health care profession. This definition is approved by the NATA's nomenclature work group and the NATA Board of Directors, January 2013.
Athletic Training Practice Domains
Certification Exam: The following domains are in effect as of the April 2011 exam
Recertification: The following domains are in effect for continuing education as of January 1, 2012
- Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection
- Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
- Immediate and Emergency Care
- Treatment and Rehabilitation
- Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being
Athletic Trainers versus Personal Trainers
While athletic trainers and personal trainers do share some common skills and knowledge these two professions are not the same. Athletic trainers work with more than just athletes; they can help anyone who is physically active.
For a better understanding of the similarities and differences between athletic trainers and personal trainers see Athletic Trainers v. Personal Trainers, available from the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.
Students who become a certified athletic trainer will be entering one of the fastest growing professions according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Athletic Training profession is expected to grow 37% by 2018.
More detailed information regarding the profession of athletic training can be found below:
Brochures from the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA):
- Athletic Training Career Information
- Athletic Training Services: An Overview of Skills and Services Performed by Certified Athletic Trainers
Information from the Board of Certification, Inc.: