Athletic Trainer FAQ

What is an athletic trainer?

This is well defined by the National Athletic Training Association (NATA) as follows: “Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education, training and the state’s statutes, rules and regulations.”

What should I expect working with an athletic trainer at Medicine in Motion?

Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes participating in sports, and can work in a variety of job settings. You can expect a thorough evaluation to improve functional outcomes and patient education to prevent injury and re-injury.

What services do athletic trainers provide?

Athletic trainers can offer a variety of services some of which are primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. 

What is the educational background for athletic trainers?

Athletic trainers are often confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited master’s program, and then they must take a test for board certification to practice as an athletic trainer.  Then they must obtain state licensure as well in the state they choose to practice in.