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What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic training is an allied healthcare profession that encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute, and chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training education and clinical integration experience follows that of the medical education model and encompasses competencies in evidence-based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, therapeutic interventions, psychosocial strategies and referral, healthcare administration, and professional development and responsibility.

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as allied healthcare professionals. ATs work in collaboration with or under the direction of physicians, and in accordance with their education, training, and state statutes, rules, and regulations.  ATs provide services that include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergency care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

ATs are medical professionals credentialed through the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) Board of Certification (BOC).