Athletic Training & Sports Medicine

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians and specialize in the prevention, emergency care, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries and illnesses.

Athletic trainers hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training program. 70 % of athletic trainers also hold a master’s degree.  Accredited athletic training programs ensure graduates are proficient in the following areas:

  • Acute Care of Injury and Illness
  • Assessment of Injury and Illness
  • Exercise Physiology
  • General Medical Conditions and Disabilities
  • Health Care Administration
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Kinesiology/ Biomechanics
  • Medical Ethics and Legal Issues
  • Nutritional Aspects of Injury and Illness
  • Pharmacology
  • Professional Development and Responsibilities
  • Psychosocial Intervention and Referral
  • Risk Management and Injury/ Illness Prevention
  • Statistics and Research Design
  • Strength training and Conditioning
  • Therapeutic exercise and rehabilitative techniques
  • Therapeutic modalities
  • Weight Management and Body Composition

Athletic trainers are regulated and licensed health care providers. Nearly every state has enacted legislation and established regulatory boards. In addition, a national board, the Board of Certification, Inc. certifies athletic trainers. AT’s must pass a board exam and have a BS to become certified. Certified Athletic Trainer’s must earn continuing education credits to maintain their certification.

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