March is Athletic Training Month!
What is Athletic Training?
Athletic Trainer vs. Trainer (pdf)
Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers (AT), health care professionals who work with physicians to help people of all ages achieve optimal health. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of medical conditions that limit the body’s functions.
Athletic trainers are well-known, recognized, qualified health care professionals.
ATs are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals, and fall under the allied health professions category as defined by Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of people - not just athletes participating in sports - and do not train people as personal or fitness trainers do. However, the profession continues to embrace its proud culture and history by retaining the title. In other countries, athletic therapist and physiotherapist are similar titles.
NATA represents more than 34,000 members in the U.S. and internationally, and there are about 40,000 ATs practicing nationally. NATA represents students in 325 accredited collegiate academic programs. The athletic training profession began early in the 20th century, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association was established in 1950.
In an occupational comparison done by the U.S. Department of Labor, Athletic Trainers are placed in Job Zone 5. This means that it is an occupation which involves extensive preparation. Other professions that were in this zone were Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, and Dietitians and Nutritionists. In addition, it was given a Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) of 8.0+. This is a rating from 1-9 showing how much preparation is needed for certain occupations.