About Athletic Training


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Certified Athletic Trainers Personal Trainers
Sports Medicine and Athletic Injuries Sports Performance and Enhancement
Provide prevention and rehabilitation services for acute and chronic injuries.

Help create and implement fitness routines and promote physical activity.

Part of the allied health profession - work with physicians, physical therapists and other health care professionals. Work with clients and help educate the public to achieve fitness goals.
Required to have at least a bachelor's degree in athletic training and pass a comprehensive exam to become a certified athletic trainer (ATC). May or may not have a degree in higher education related to their field. May or may not be required to obtain certification.


Adapted from http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/ATs_vs_PTs.pdf


Proper education is the first step to becoming a certified athletic trainer. Professional Programs lead to eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification examination and to enter the profession of athletic training. Professional Programs are available at both the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degree levels. To find a list of accredited programs visit http://www.caate.net/.

Illinois has 12 schools with accredited athletic training programs and there are hundreds more nationwide! For more information feel free to ask Leah and Giana and they will be happy to get you started.


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. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.

For more information visit: http://www.nata.org/athletic-training



At the 67th NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo, NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC, announced a new public website, AtYourOwnRisk.org, to better communicate the role of athletic trainers in work, life and sport. The new site was created in an effort to advocate for athletic trainers by influencing public opinion and policy — one of NATA's primary strategic objectives. This public awareness campaign aims to educate key stakeholders on the athletic trainer's role as an expert in prevention and safety. The campaign also hopes to create ambassadors for the athletic training profession and for causes championed by athletic trainers. Key stakeholders will be provided clear ways they can get involved to impact change and improve safety for work, life and sport.