Board of Certification (BOC) Certified ATs are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. As part of a complete health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents.
Students who want to become BOC-certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master's degree.
Athletic training is not the same profession as personal training. And certified athletic trainers work with more than just athletes - they can be found Just about anywhere that people are physically active.
To become BOC-certified athletic trainers, students must pass a comprehensive test administered by the BOC. Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. (Obtained from the NATA)