Physical educators have, for many years, been active proponents of incorporating physical activity into the American lifestyle. We now know that an active lifestyle is one of the most powerful ways to enhance your physical health. Physical activity however is also associated with a variety of physical health problems, many of which are musculoskeletal in nature, but these health problems may also include other systems of the body. Through close collaboration with physicians, athletic trainers are committed to enhancing the health care that is provided to individuals who lead physically active lives. The American Medical Association has recognized the profession of Athletic Training as an allied health care profession since 1990.
The professional organization to which many athletic trainers belong is the National Athletic Trainers' Association, NATA. This professional organization represents over 20,000 health care professionals all of whom maintain the credential of ATC. This credential stands for Certified Athletic Trainer.
In Order To Earn The ATC Credential
- You must graduate from an accredited Athletic Training Education Program, ATEP. Athletic Training Education Programs are all accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education CAATE.
- You must successfully pass each part of the national certification examination in athletic training that is administered by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC). This BOC examination currently includes three parts: a written test, written simulation test, and a practical test. It is expected that during 2007 this composite examination will be administered by computer. This athletic training certification examination is based upon the Athletic Training Educational Competencies. These educational competencies represent the foundation for all ATEP's.
The Domains Of Athletic Training Knowledge
- Risk Management and Injury Prevention
- Pathology of Injuries and Illnesses
- Assessment and Evaluation
- Acute Care
- Pharmacological Aspects of Injury and Ilness
- Therapeutic Modalities
- Therapeutic Exercise
- General Medical Conditions and Disabilities
- Nutritional Aspects of Injury and Illness
- Psychosocial Intervention and Referral
- Health Care Administration
- Professional Development and Responsibilities