Certified Athletic Trainers are unique health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illness” as described by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). Athletic Trainers are integral members of the healthcare team, working under the direction of a licensed physician and in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, administrators, coaches, and parents. Career opportunities exist in settings such as college/university athletic departments, secondary school systems, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, corporate/ industrial settings, physician offices, and other healthcare environments. The American Medical Association recognized athletic training as an allied health profession in 1990. As athletic training has evolved into a recognized allied heath profession, the profession has undergone major educational reform. After graduating from an accredited professional education program, athletic trainers must pass the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) exam and/or meet the requirements of individual states, to practice athletic training. Additional credentialing requirements for athletic training vary from state to state according to athletic training practice acts and state regulations that govern athletic training. A felony or misdemeanor conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the BOC examination or attain state licensure.
Additional information about the profession of athletic training please visit one of these websites:
- National Athletic Trainers’ Association (http://www.nata.org/about/athletic-training)
- Texas Career Check Occupation Summary for Athletic Trainers (http://www.texascareercheck.com/OccupationInfo/OccupationSummary/29-9091.00/)
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (http://caate.net/)
- Board of Certification (http://www.bocatc.org/)