Athletic Training Information
What is athletic training?
Athletic Training is an allied health profession dedicated to providing health care to physically active individuals. Certified athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic related injuries and illnesses. Certified athletic trainers work in a variety of settings including secondary schools, colleges & universities, professional teams, sports medicine clinics, and corporate health programs.
What are the qualifications of a certified athletic trainer?
Certified athletic trainers must obtain a bachelor’s of science degree from an approved and accredited athletic training curriculum program. This degree includes basic courses in human anatomy, exercise physiology, basic first aid, biomechanics, and nutrition. The degree program also includes more specialized courses in injury prevention & management, injury evaluation & assessment, pharmacology, risk management, and therapeutic modalities.
In order to be able to practice as certified athletic trainers, these individuals must sit for the certification exam after completing their degree. This exam is administered by the Board of Certification. Once they pass the exam, they are allowed to use the ATC credential, which signifies them as a certified athletic trainer.
What are the duties & responsibilities of a certified athletic trainer?
In an effort to provide the best quality health care to the individuals they serve, certified athletic trainers perform a wide array of duties & responsibilities. The primary duties of the certified athletic trainer revolve around the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic related injuries. These include coordination of pre-participation physical exams, selection of protective equipment, daily coverage of practices and games, application of various therapeutic modalities, and designing & implementing injury-specific rehabilitation programs.
In addition to the above-mentioned tasks, certified athletic trainers also oversee and perform a variety of administrative duties. These duties include budget allocation, ordering of supplies and equipment, record keeping, and coordination of coverage for daily practices and games.
Responsibilities of the Student-Athlete
To achieve the objective of quality medical care, each student-athlete has the responsibility to:
Be honest and direct with the athletic trainers caring for you
Report all injuries and illnesses within 48 hours
Follow the treatment and rehabilitation plan prescribed by your physician or athletic trainer. It is your responsibility to advise the athletic trainer if there are any problems or reason why you cannot follow the plan
Report to the Athletic Training Facility daily, or as directed, for treatment and rehabilitation until you are cleared by the athletic trainer or medical doctor
Report any change in your condition to a staff athletic trainer
Understand your health problem and the treatment and rehabilitation program to your satisfaction. If you do not understand any part of your treatment/rehabilitation program, ask a staff Athletic Trainer or physician. Be sure you know what is expected of you.