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THE ATHLETIC TRAINING PROFESSION

Athletic Training is an allied health profession that falls under a vast scope of the American Medical Association's (AMA) recognized sports medicine professions. It encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities (NATA Board of Directors, 2007).

Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC's) are highly educated and uniquely skilled professionals who specialize in the prevention, recognition, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of athletics-related injuries. ATC's work in collaboration with physicians and other allied health professionals to ensure the health of physically active individuals.

Typical patients/clients seen by athletic trainers:

• Recreational, amateur, and professional athletes
• Individuals who have suffered musculoskeletal injuries
• Those seeking strength, conditioning, fitness, and performance enhancement
• Others delegated by a physician

Some places athletic training services are provided:

• Athletic Training facilities
• Schools (K-12, colleges, universities
• Amateur, professional and Olympic sport venues
• Clinics
• Hospitals
• Physician offices
• Community facilities
• Industries
• Workplaces (commercial and government)
• Other health care environments

Students who want to become a certified athletic trainer must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum, and successfully complete the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Accredited programs include formal education in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, professional development, research, and nutrition. Learning is enhanced through clinical experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master's degree.


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