Athletic Training is a certified health care profession that is within the sports medicine umbrella. An athletic trainer must have a degree from an accredited professional level education program, be licensed by the state in which he or she works, and be certified by the Board of Certification (BOC). Athletic training has been recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as an allied health care profession since 1990.
Athletic trainers do more than tape and provide water. An athletic trainer’s scope of practice involves injury prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions, functional limitations, and disabilities.
An athletic trainer works along with physicians and other health professionals to provide the greatest care not only for athletes, but for patients of many ages and professions. Athletic trainers can work in a variety of settings including primary schools, universities, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities, physician offices, hospitals, workplaces, the military, and community centers.