Athletic Training Profession Description

The Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) works with physicians and other medical personnel, employers, patients, parents, and athletic personnel in the development and coordination of efficient and responsive health care delivery systems. Athletic trainers are integral members of the health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, corporate/ industrial, and other health care settings.

The athletic trainer's professional preparation is based on the development of specified educational competencies and clinical proficiencies. Through a combination of formal classoom and clinical instruction and clinical experience, the athletic trainer is prepared to provide health care within each of the following areas:

  • Risk management and injury prevention
  • Pathology of injuries and illnesses
  • orthopedic clinical examination and diagnosis
  • Acute care of injury and illness
  • Pharmacology
  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Conditioning and rehabilitative exercise
  • Medical conditions and disabilities
  • Nutritional aspects of injury and illness
  • Psychosocial intervention and referral
  • Health care administration
  • Professional development and responsibility

Adapted from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), September 2007.Athletic Training Education Program