What is Athletic Training?
What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic 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
- Organization and Administration
Students become eligible for BOC certification through an athletic training degree program (Bachelor's or entry-level Master's) accredited by the Commission of 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.
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