Athletic Training and Team Support
Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, physical therapists, and health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.
What do athletic trainers do?
- Guide to Athletic Training Services
- Athletic Training Terminology
- Job Settings
- The FACTS about Athletic Trainers
- Education Overview
- Unsung Heroes of Sports Medicine Video
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, the NATA has grown to more than 35,000 members worldwide today. The majority of certified athletic trainers choose to be members of the NATA – to support their profession, and to receive a broad array of membership benefits.
By joining forces as a group, NATA members can accomplish more for the athletic training profession than they can individually.
The NATA national office currently has more than 40 full-time staff members who work to support NATA’s mission.
Athletic Training & Personal Training
Athletic training is not the same profession as personal training. And certified athletic trainers work with more than just athletes – they can be found just about anywhere that people are physically active.