About Athletic Trainers
Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.
The minimum qualifications to become a certified athletic trainer include graduation with a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited athletic training education program and passing a comprehensive certification examination administered by the Board of Certification. Once certified, ATs are required to complete ongoing continuing education in order to remain certified.
Athletic Trainers in Connecticut are licensed by the Department of Public Health.
Typical patients and clients served by athletic trainers include:
Recreational, amateur, and professional athletes
Individuals who have suffered musculoskeletal injuries
Those seeking strength, conditioning, fitness, and performance enhancement
Others delegated by the physician
Some places athletic training services are provided include:
Athletic training facilities
Schools (K-12, colleges, universities)
Amateur, professional and Olympic sports venues
Workplaces (commercial and government)
Athletic Trainers are recognized as allied health professionals by the American Medical Association, and are assigned National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers, as are all other health care professionals.
Athletic Trainers are NOT the same as "Personal Trainers." Click here to learn the difference.
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For even more information about Athletic Trainers, visit the National Athletic Trainers' Association web site.