Each March, the medical community comes together to recognize the important role athletic trainers play in helping active patients stay healthy and treat injuries when they occur. Athletic Trainers (ATs) specialize in injury prevention, recognition, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation, with an additional focus on healthcare administration and education.
ATs work in a variety of industries, such as professional sports, colleges and universities, high schools, clinics and hospitals, corporate and industrial settings, performing arts and military branches.
For athletic trainers to be certified, they must obtain a bachelor's degree from a CATTE accredited program and pass the Board of Certification Exam.
Beginning in 2023, athletic training education will switch to a professional program, meaning ATs will be certified at the master's level. There are also doctorate level programs and post-professional residency programs for ATs to further their education and expertise.
What does athletic training education cover? As part of their professional education, ATs study the subjects below. These are known as the Athletic Training Education Competencies:
* Evidence-based practice
* Prevention and health promotion
* Clinical examination and diagnosis
* Acute care of injury and illness
* Therapeutic interventions
* Psychosocial strategies and referral
* Health care administration
* Professional development and responsibility