About Athletic Training

What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide patients with:

  • preventative services
  • emergency care
  • clinical diagnosis
  • therapeutic intervention
  • rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.


What fields can Athletic Trainer's work in?

  • Public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and Olympic sports
  • Youth leagues, municipal and independently owned youth sports facilities
  • Physician practice, similar to nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and other professional clinical personnel
  • Rural and urban hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers
  • Clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, medical fitness, wellness and physical therapy
  • Occupational health departments in commercial settings, which include manufacturing, distribution and offices to assist with ergonomics
  • Police and fire departments and academies, municipal departments, branches of the military
  • Performing arts including professional and collegiate level dance and music


What are the requirements to become an AT?

  1. Graduate from a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited Master of Athletic Training Education Program (MAT).
  2. Pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification (BOC).
  3. Complete ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. Athletic trainers must also work in collaboration with a physician and within their state practice act.


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Athletic Training Affiliates

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National Athletic Trainer's Association

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Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

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California Athletic Trainers' Association

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Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association

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Board of Certification