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Athletic Training

What is Athletic Training?


Athletic Training is an allied health care profession recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) that specializes in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, management and rehabilitation of athletic related injuries and illnesses. 

The Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) is an allied health care professional that is certified by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC). Certified Athletic Trainers are also sometimes referred to as sports therapists or sports medicine practitioners and are the centerpiece of the sports medicine team. They serve as a liasson to the athlete, coach, physician and other supplemental personnel providing care to athletes sustaining physical or emotional trauma. Specifically, the Certified Athletic Trainer's role delineation encompasses six domains:

  1. Athletic Injury Prevention and Risk Management
  2. Recognition, Evaluation and Assessment of Injuries and Illnesses
  3. Immediate Care of Injuries
  4. Treatment, Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
  5. Health Care Organization and Administration
  6. Professional Development and Responsibility

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Related Career Titles

Many athletic training majors find employment in the areas listed below; however, several of these careers may require education beyond a bachelor's degree. 

High School Athletic TrainerSports Physical TherapistStrength & Conditioning
Team PhysicianMassage TherapistAssistant Athletic Trainer
Fitness ConsultantPersonal TrainerFitness Instructor
University Athletic TrainerTeacherCoach
Sports Club & Resort MgrAerobics InstructorSports Dietician
Exercise Physiologist  
Employment Settings for the Athletic Trainer
Public & Private High SchoolsSports Medicine ClinicsHealth & Fitness Centers
Colleges & UniversitiesCorporate SettingsUnited States Olympic Centers
Professional Sports TeamsHospitalsInternational Athletic Orgs.
Amateur Sports Teams  


Related Major Skills
Problem SolvingWorking with people
Analyzing InjuriesDemonstrating physical stretches and rehabilitative movements
Taping, Bandaging, and Stretching AthletesOperating modality machines and other training equipment
Motor SkillsDeductive Reasoning Skills
Communication (inform proper 
nutrition & diet for athletes)
Referring athletes to appropriate physicians when necessary
Monitor rehabilitative programsMaintain poise in emergency situations
Basic First-Aid and CPR Skills / CertificationRecording, organizing and storing information on injuries and rehabilitation
Proficient knowledge in anatomy, physiology and biologyImplement exercise & rehabilitation programs for athletes
Work well under stressGood judgment and decision-making


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