Athletic Training

What is Athletic Training? Related Career Titles
Related Major Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Additional Resources UNCW Dept. of HAHS

What is Athletic Training?

Athletic Training is an allied health care profession recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) that specializes in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, management and rehabilitation of athletic related injuries and illnesses.

The Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) is an allied health care professional that is certified by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC). Certified Athletic Trainers are also sometimes referred to as sports therapists or sports medicine practitioners and are the centerpiece of the sports medicine team. They serve as a liasson to the athlete, coach, physician and other supplemental personnel providing care to athletes sustaining physical or emotional trauma. Specifically, the Certified Athletic Trainer's role delineation encompasses six domains:

  1. Athletic Injury Prevention and Risk Management
  2. Recognition, Evaluation and Assessment of Injuries and Illnesses
  3. Immediate Care of Injuries
  4. Treatment, Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
  5. Health Care Organization and Administration
  6. Professional Development and Responsibility

Related Career Titles

Many athletic training majors find employment in the areas listed below; however, several of these careers may require education beyond a bachelor's degree. 

High School Athletic Trainer Sports Physical Therapist Strength & Conditioning
Team Physician Massage Therapist Assistant Athletic Trainer
Fitness Consultant Personal Trainer Fitness Instructor
University Athletic Trainer Teacher Coach
Sports Club & Resort Mgr Aerobics Instructor Sports Dietician
Exercise Physiologist
Employment Settings for the Athletic Trainer

Public & private high schools
Colleges and Universities
Professional sports teams
Amateur sports teams

Sports medicine clinics
Corporate settings
Hospitals

 

Health and fitness centers
United States Olympic Ctrs
International athletic orgs.

 

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Related Major Skills

Problem Solving Operating modality machines and other training equipment
Analyzing Injuries Deductive Reasoning Skills
Taping, Bandaging, and Stretching Athletes Referring athletes to appropriate physicians when necessary
Motor Skills Maintain poise in emergency situations
Communication (inform proper nutrition & diet for athletes) Recording, organizing and storing information on injuries and rehabilitation
Monitor rehabilitative programs Implement exercise & rehabilitation programs for athletes
Basic First-Aid and CPR Skills / Certification Good judgment and decision-making
Proficient knowledge in anatomy, physiology and biology Working with People
Work well under stress Demonstrating physical stretches and rehabilitative movements

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Job & Internship Search Sites

North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association

Athletic Training Jobs

Athletic Trainer

North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Blue Fish jobs

Team Work Sports Jobs

Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society: jobs, internships

American Coaching Academy

Jobs in Sports

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Career Planning Links

Becoming An Athletic Trainer

Human Kinetics: careers in athletic training and related career fields

Athletic Trainers (from US Dept of Labor)

Allied Health Profession - Athletic Training

Athletic Training Career Overview

Net Wellness

Athletic Training Employment Issues Handbook and Guide (pdf)

Sports Medicine Careers

Sports Medicine Careers

Sports Medicine

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Professional Associations

North Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association

Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association (SEATA)

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

NATA Education Council

NATA Research & Education Foundation

National Athletic Trainers' Association

American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification

American College of Sports Medicine

The National Strength & Conditioning Association

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National Exercise & Sports Trainer Association

American Physical Therapy Association

American Society of Exercise Physiologists

Center for Exercise Physiology

North Carolina Amateur Sports

National Commission for Certifying Agencies - offering strength & conditioning and personal training professionals the challenge of earning nationally accredited credentials

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