20 Facts about Athletic Trainers and the Profession

On the 20th of November, here are some facts about Athletic Trainers and the athletic training profession. Athletic Trainers save lives. With Thanksgiving approaching, Be Certain.™ to thank an Athletic Trainer today!

  1. The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC), headquartered in Omaha, NE, provides the certification program for the athletic training profession.
  2. There are over 41,000 BOC Certified Athletic Trainers in the United States!
  3. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association is based out of Dallas, TX.
  4. Athletic Trainers practice in a variety of settings including high schools, colleges, professional sports, youth sports, rehabilitation & sports medicine clinics, physician offices, military, law enforcement, fine arts, and theater.
  5. Athletic Trainers are healthcare providers.
  6. Alaska and California are the only two states that do not require athletic training licensure or other registration with the state.
  7. Athletic Trainers are trained in CPR and AED use.
  8. Athletic Trainers are required to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and to have passed a national certification exam.
  9. Over 70% of Certified Athletic Trainers possess a master’s degree or higher.
  10. Athletic Trainers are required to complete continuing education to maintain certification
  11. Athletic Trainers are part of the Sports Medicine Team which is made of a variety of healthcare professionals.
  12. Athletic Trainers are skilled in manual therapy as a part of their rehabilitation background.
  13. Athletic Trainers are leaders in concussion recognition and concussion management.
  14. March is National Athletic Training Month.
  15. Athletic Trainers specialize in the healthcare needs of the active population
  16. Athletic Trainers are recognized as allied health professionals by the American Medical Association and numerous other national organizations.
  17. Less than half of all high schools in the US provide their student-athletes access to an Athletic Trainer.
  18. Athletic Trainers handle administrative duties such as health forms, budgets, scheduling, and other tasks.
  19. Athletic Trainers are responsible for the prevention, evaluation, and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries.
  20. There are roughly 350 accredited athletic training education programs in the United States.

You can read the similar piece published in March 2012 for National Athletic Training Month and more from Mike at http://mnhopper1s.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/20-things-to-know-about-athletic-trainers/.

Written By: Mike Hopper, ATC
michael.n.hopper@gmail.com

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