What is an Athletic Trainer?
An Athletic trainer is a health care professional who collaborates with physicians to optimize patient and client activity and participation in athletics, recreational activities, work, and life. The practice of athletic training and sports medicineencompasses the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal conditions and certain medical conditions. The goal is to minimize subsequent impairments, functional limitations, disability, and societal limitations caused by these conditions.
Who do Athletic Trainers Serve?
Patients and clients typically include:
- Recreational, amateur, and professional athletes
- Individuals who have suffered musculoskeletal injuries
- Those seeking strength, conditioning, fitness, and performance enhancement
- Others delegated by a physician
Athletic Training Domains of Practice:
Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
Immediate and Emergency Care
Treatment and Rehabilitation
Organization and Professional Health and Well-Being