Athletic Training Program
Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who specialize in prevention, diagnosis and management of injuries that result from physical activity. They work in collaboration with physicians to optimize the performance and participation of physically active individuals. They work in various settings including the physician office, secondary and intermediate schools, professional and collegiate sports, sports medicine clinics, hospital ER, rehabilitation clinics, occupational settings, performing arts, law enforcement and military and fitness centers. They work with people of all ages and skill levels.
A bachelor or master's degree, from an accredited athletic training degree program, is required to be eligible for BOC certification. The candidate must then pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification. Once certified, ongoing continuing education requirements must be met to remain certified. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied healthcare profession.
An athletic training program includes formal education in different areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, therapeutics modalities, therapeutic exercise, general medical conditions and disabilities. It also includes nutritional aspect of injury and illness, psychosocial intervention, referral and healthcare administration. A major part of the training is in the form of classroom teaching. The candidates also receive clinical training in a variety of practice settings. The program provides the candidates with the knowledge and skills required for athletic training.