Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic trainers curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as…
- injury/illness prevention
- first aid and emergency care
- assessment of injury/illness
- human anatomy and physiology
- therapeutic moralities
- nutrition classroom
Learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree, Athletic trainers everywhere are encouraged to participate in grass root activities that will “improve the awareness and position of the profession.
At this time of heightened media focus on concussion and, as a result, athletic training, this is a good time to remind reporters and others of the breadth and depth of athletic trainer expertise in taking care of all kinds of injuries and all kinds of active people. When people hear the word ‘athletic trainer’ they may they think only of sports and athletic rehabilitation. While athletic trainers in schools and athletic teams account for the majority of our staff, their unique expertise is needed in multiple health care related fields. Each year, our team looks forward to this month to celebrate their profession and share its importance.