What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic trainers are healthcare providers who specialize in preventing, assessing, treating, and rehabilitating injuries and illnesses. Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers and health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and safe 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.

To become certified athletic trainers, students must graduate with a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification. Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements to remain certified.