Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic injuries and medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.
Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize an individual’s activity and participation in athletics, work and life. Athletic trainers work under the direction of physicians, as prescribed by state license statutes.
Athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals and 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.
Athletic trainers’ work settings can include high schools, colleges, universities, professional sports teams, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, physicians’ offices, corporate and industrial institutions, the military, and the performing arts. Regardless of their practice setting, athletic trainers practice athletic training (or provide athletic training services) according to their education and state practice act.
Athletic trainers are educated and trained in the following areas:
- Injury / Illness Prevention and Wellness Protections
- Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
- Immediate and Emergency Care
- Treatment and Rehabilitation