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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

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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

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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