Aug 22 / CATEGORY: Sports
What is an Athletic Trainer
Athletic trainers (AT’s) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. AT’s are trained to handle emergency injuries such as fractures, sprains/strains, concussions, heat stroke, asthma attack, sickle cell crisis, diabetic emergencies, spine injuries and sudden cardiac arrest. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes and must be certified by the Board of Certification (BOC). AT’s provide medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes, participating in sports, and can work in a variety of job settings.
Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers, however, there is a large difference in the education, skillset, 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.
March is National Athletic Training Month
RecSports employs 5 certified AT’s who provide medical coverage to sport club events and intramural games. The AT’s host a FREE rehabilitation clinic in SWRC Monday-Friday from 1-6pm, available to sport club participants. In addition, intramural or open recreation participants can request ankle taping (Personal tape is required for this service). Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for some helpful tips and tricks provided by the RecSports AT’s to help prevent or recovery from injuries. In celebration of National Athletic Training Month, we challenge you to learn more about the athletic training profession and thank an AT for keeping you healthy while you play!
To find out more about Athletic Training, visit www.nata.org.
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