Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) are medical experts in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity.

As part of a complete health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletic administrators, coaches and parents. The ATC gets to know each student-athlete individually and can treat injuries more effectively because of that.

The ATC specializes in six practice areas or domains:

  1. Prevention
  2. Recognition, evaluation and assessment
  3. Immediate care
  4. Treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning
  5. Organization and administration
  6. Professional development and responsibility

A typical day for an ATC consists of the following tasks:

  • Prepare student-athletes for practice or competition (taping, bandaging, bracing)
  • Evaluate injuries to determine management and possible referral
  • Develop conditioning programs
  • Implement treatment and rehabilitation programs

The field of athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health care profession, and the AMA recommends certified athletic trainers in ever high school and college to keep America’s youth and young adults safe and healthy.

Certified athletic trainers can be found almost anywhere people are physically active. Whether it’s on the playing field or in an industrial work setting, ATCs are in place to help active people prevent injuries and stay healthy. Some of the work settings include:

  • Secondary Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Professional sports
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Military
  • Industrial and commercial
last published: 10/16/17