About Athletic Training
What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified medical professionals who provide primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries of medical conditions. Under the direction or in collaboration with a physician, ATs are a valuable piece of the health care team.
Providing medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes, ATs work in a variety of settings and provide valuable services for primary care and outpatient rehabilitation clinics, bringing organizations an unparalleled continuum of care.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers about Athletic Trainers
What qualifications do Athletic Trainers have?
ATs are licensed or otherwise regulated in 49 states and the District of Columbia, with only California having no regulation.
Are Athletic Trainers like Personal Trainers?
Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree.
Why should we use an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic trainers improve functional outcomes and specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury. Preventative care provided by an athletic trainer has a positive return on investment for employers. ATs are able to reduce injury and shorten rehabilitation time for their patients, which translates to lower absenteeism from work or school and reduced health care costs.
How do Athletic Trainers fit into our Healthcare Model?
Athletic trainers are qualified to apply for a National Provider Identifier (NPI) as mid-level health care professionals. The taxonomy code for athletic trainers is 2255A2300X.
Why do I need sporting event coverage ?
Athletic Trainers are trained to treat concussions, asthma attacks, diabetic emergencies, sudden cardiac arrest, heat stroke, sickle cell crisis, and spinal injuries. Reduce your risk by having an AT at your event.
I'm a parent, how can I use an Athletic Trainer?
90% of athletes report some sort of sports-related injury at some point in their athletic career, with 12% reporting sustaining a concussion. ATs are equipped to provide medical care and supervision during games and practices, as well as assist with injury prevention education and regular communication with parents about their child’s needs. Since ATs are not billing your insurance company, they also save you money.
Want to Advocate for Athletic Training Services?
Ask Your Organization or School These Key Questions
- Who takes care of our children? Is it an athletic trainer, or is it a coach or parent with limited first aid training and a potential conflict of interest?
- Does our organization have an emergency plan? Every location should have a specific emergency action plan. Would your coach know what to do in the event of a life-threatening emergency?
- Is our equipment working properly? ATs are trained to spot unsafe field or gym conditions, as well as ensure medical equipment such as AEDs or spine boards are in working order.
- Does the school or sports venue have an AED? ATs are trained to use AEDs during cardiac emergencies and ensure that other personnel know the location of the AED.
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