What is an athletic trainer?
Athletic trainers provide a continuum of care for physically active patients.
Athletic trainers (AT) provide health care to physically active patients. ATs are part of a collaborative team including physicians and other health care professionals who provide wellness promotion and education, emergent care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
Athletic trainers provide care in a variety of settings including club, high school, and college sports teams, as well as professional athletes.
Athletic trainers are employed in the performing arts, physician clinics, the military, outpatient clinics and hospitals, police and fire departments, corporate and industrial, and the entertainment industry
Athletic trainers are different from personal trainers or fitness specialists. ATs are integral members of the modern health care team. ATs serve and treat not only athletes but everyone who is physically active.
- Licensed athletic trainers in Kansas: Kansas Board of Healing Arts.
- Employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow 16% from 2019 to 2029 due in part to increased awareness of concussions and other sports injuries. U.S. Department of Labor.
- National Athletic Trainers' Association.
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
- Board of Certification, Inc.