Athletic Training

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What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states' statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the healthcare team, services provided by ATs include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. *Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession.

*This definition is approved by the Inter-Agency Terminology Work Group and the Athletic Trainer Strategic Alliance, January 2017.

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Athletic Training Practice Domains:

  • Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion
  • Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Immediate and Emergency Care
  • Therapeutic Intervention
  • Healthcare Administration and Professional Responsibility

Professional Preparation:

Students become eligible for BOC certification through an athletic training degree program (Bachelor’s or entry-level Master’s) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students engage in rigorous classroom study and clinical education in a variety of practice settings such as high schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, emergency rooms, physician offices and healthcare clinics over the course of the degree program. Students enrolled in their final semester are eligible to apply for the BOC exam.

Professional Practice Settings

Professional Settings
Professional and Collegiate Sports
Secondary and Intermediate Schools
Sports Medicine Clinics
Hospital ER and Rehab Clinics
Occupational Settings
Military/Government/Law Enforcement
Physician Offices
Dance/Fine Arts

Athletic Training Job Outlook

Students who become an Athletic Trainer will be entering one of the fastest growing health professions. Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase as people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries, and as the middle-aged and older population remains active. The effects of concussions are particularly severe and long lasting for child athletes. Although concussions are dangerous at any age, children’s brains are still developing and are at risk for permanent complications. Some states require public secondary schools to employ athletic trainers as part of their sports programs. Because athletic trainers are usually onsite with athletes and are often the first responders when injuries occur, the demand for trainers in schools should continue to increase.

Athletic Trainer Employment Graph

Sophisticated treatments in injury prevention and detection are projected to increase the demand for athletic trainers. Growth in an increasingly active middle-aged and older population will likely lead to an increased incidence of athletic-related injuries, such as sprains. Sports programs at all ages and for all experience levels will continue to create demand for athletic trainers

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Employment Settings

Athletic trainers can be found anywhere there are active people.  Traditionally athletic trainers are thought to work in professional sports, colleges and high schools, but as the profession grows so do the potential work settings available to certified athletic trainers.  Those settings can include the performing arts, military, physician practice or public safety (police and fire fighters).  The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) has taken the time to compile a variety of resources including video interviews to help individuals interested in the profession of athletic training understand what it takes to work in many of these job settings

The job settings addressed:

  • Professional Sports
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Secondary Schools
  • Health Care Administration/Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Health
  • Military
  • Performing Arts
  • Physician Practice
  • Public Safety

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the athletic training profession is expected to grow faster than average over the next several years. More specifically, the job growth in the profession is expected to increase 19% by 2028.

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Curriculum & Requirements

The curriculum allows for students to gain the necessary knowledge, abilities and skills to be prepared to practice as an athletic trainer following graduation, while providing a strong liberal arts core.

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Admission & Continuation Standards

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Certification & Licensure

Those individuals wishing to practice as athletic trainers must sit for and pass a certification examination. Additionally, maintaining this certification requires that athletic trainers participate in continuing education activities. The ATC© credential, the associated certification examination and continuing education requirements are maintained and monitored by the Board of Certification, Inc. The Board of Certification is the only accredited certification program for athletic trainers.