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What is an Athletic Trainer

Athletic TrainerAthletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.* Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a health care profession.
*This definition is approved by the NATA's nomenclature work group and the NATA Board of Directors, January 2013.

Athletic Training Practice Domains
Certification Exam: The following domains are in effect as of the April 2011 exam
Recertification: The following domains are in effect for continuing education as of January 1, 2012
  • Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection
  • Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
  • Immediate and Emergency Care
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • Organizational and Professional Health and Well-being
Professional Preparation
Students become eligible for BOC certification through an athletic training degree program (Bachelor’s or entry-level Master’s) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students engage in rigorous classroom study and clinical education in a variety of practice settings such as high schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, emergency rooms, physician offices and healthcare clinics over the course of the degree program. Students enrolled in their final semester are eligible to apply for the BOC exam.

Employers of Athletic Training Services
  • Professional and Collegiate Sports
  • Secondary and Intermediate Schools
  • Sports Medicine Clinics
  • Hospital ER and Rehab Clinics
  • Occupational Settings
  • Fitness Centers
  • Physician Offices
NATA's Guide to Athletic Training Services