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What is a Certified Athletic Trainer?

A Certified Athletic Trainer is a qualified health care professional, highly educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with sports participation. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the Certified Athletic Trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, college and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs and other health care settings.

Education Requirements

Certified Athletic Trainers have, at minimum, a bachelor's degree, usually in athletic training, health and physical education or exercise science. In addition, athletic trainers study human anatomy, human physiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, athletic training, nutrition, psychology, and counseling. To practice as an Athletic Trainer, one must pass a national and/or state certifying exam. In the world of medicine its wealth of knowledge is always changing. On an annual basis, Certified Athletic Trainers are required to obtain current medical knowledge and assessment techniques through continuing education units.

School Coverage

• Daily injury assessment and event coverage


• Development of injury prevention protocols
• Advising on proper equipment use
• Establish environmental conditions protocols
• Assisting in nutritional education
• Overseeing activities of ongoing daily athletic health care
• Risk management

Injury Evaluation

• On-site evaluation and immediate care of injuries
• Overseeing rehabilitation
• Offering orthopaedic referrals and consultations
• Determining safe return to competition
• Development of emergency action plans
• Make appropriate referrals to health care professionals


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