CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINER
Certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are highly qualified medical professionals educated in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. Athletic trainers can help avoid unnecessary medical treatment and disruption of normal daily life; if injured, they are trained to work with healthcare providers. The American Medical Association (AMA) as an allied healthcare profession recognizes athletic training, and the AMA recommends ATCs in every high school to keep America’s youth safe and healthy. Area athletes are fortunate
The Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) is an allied health professional who has a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and has fulfilled the requirements for certification established by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC). Only after passing the NATABOC certification exam can an athletic trainer use the designation “ATC”. Certified Athletic Trainers are required to have eighty hours of continuing education every three years.
Certified Athletic Trainers work in a variety of settings such as: high schools, colleges, professional sports, hospitals, physical therapy clinics, industry and even NASCAR.
What is the educational background of a Certified Athletic Trainer?
To become a Certified Athletic Trainer a person must attend an approved college, earn a major in athletic training, complete over 800 hours working with a Certified Athletic Trainer and then pass the NATABOC exam. They can also earn a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training as well.
Certified Athletic Trainers are trained to provide a safe environment for student athletes during practice and competition. ATC’s are also trained to manage and treat sports related injuries. This includes emergency care and rehabilitation of the injured athlete.