Athletic Trainers (ATs) are highly qualified and multi-skilled health care providers that render treatment services under the consent of a physician. Athletic Trainers are certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Board of Certification, Inc (ATC). Athletic Trainers also hold certification or a license in the state they are providing service (SCAT, or LAT).
According to the National Athletic Training Association,
"As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. The NATA Code of Ethics states the principles of ethical behavior that should be followed in the practice of athletic training.
Personal Trainer vs. Athletic Trainer
Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skill set, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree
Athletic Trainers can be seen in a variety of job settings including:
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