What is Athletic Training?
Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training 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 modalities, and 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 training is the application of the
principles and procedures for managing athletic
injuries. This includes preconditioning,
conditioning, and reconditioning activities.
Athletic trainers work under the supervision of
licensed physicians to provide services to
individuals who have suffered athletic injuries.
Certified athletic trainers manage athletic
injuries and illnesses such as sprains, strains,
contusions, and postsurgical reconditioning.
identify factors that may contribute to athletic injury
and eliminate them before an injury occurs
conduct preparticipation screenings
develop appropriate fitness and training programs
apply protective or injury preventative devices, such as tape,
bandages, or braces
At athletic events, athletic trainers provide emergency care and
first aid to individuals who have sustained an athletic injury,
evaluate athletic injuries, and make referrals to appropriate
Through individual consultation and lectures, certified athletic
trainers also instruct coaches, athletes, parents, medical
personnel, and communities in the care and prevention of