What is an Athletic Trainer?
Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs) help prevent and treat injuries for all of the student athletes at several local high schools. Recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health professionals, ATs are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. ATs specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. 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.
ATs are often one of the first health care providers on the scene when an injury occurs, and therefore are able to recognize and evaluate injuries and provide immediate care when needed. ATs are also heavily involved in the rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries as a part of the sports medicine team.