What is Athletic Training?
Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.
Who are Athletic Trainers?
Athletic trainers (ATs) 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. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. All athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate program. More than 70% of ATs have a master’s degree or higher. Athletic trainers work in educational institutions (middle schools, high schools, colleges/universities), professional and amateur sports organizations, hospitals and clinics, corporate workplaces, the military, police and fire departments, performing arts. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a health care profession.
Working to prevent and treat musculoskeletal injuries and sports-related illnesses, athletic trainers offer an unparalleled continuum of care. ATs are part of a team of health care professionals; they practice under the direction of and in collaboration with physicians. ATs work with individuals who are physically active or involved in sports participation through all stages of life to prevent, treat and rehabilitate injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers are on site. They work with patients to avoid injuries. They’re present when injuries occur and they provide immediate care; they rehabilitate patients after injuries or surgery. It’s a continuum of care. They know their patients well because they are at the school, in the theater or on the factory floor every day.
National Athletic Trainers' Association
The athletic training profession began early in the 20th century, and National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) was established in 1950. The mission of the National Athletic Trainers' Association is to represent, engage and foster the continued growth and development of the athletic training profession and athletic trainers as unique health care providers.The National Athletic Trainers’ Association represents more than 44,000 members in the U.S. and internationally, and there are about 50,000 ATs practicing nationally. NATA represents students in 325 accredited collegiate academic programs.Nationally, athletic training is regulated by the Board of Certification (BOC) which regulates the profession for certification (Certified Athletic Trainer) and sets standards for maintaining high standards in the profession. Athletic trainers must be licensed by the Indiana Health Professional Bureau to practice in the state of Indiana. Athletic trainers must attain an average of 30 hours of continuing education per year to maintain certification and licensing in the state of Indiana. Athletic Training continues to retain the respect of other health professions and athletic associations.