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Ch 1AT- Sports med & Athletic Training
Transcript of Ch 1AT- Sports med & Athletic Training
Sports Medicine Athletic Training
What is Athletic Training?
is a profession dedicated to maintaining and improving the health and well-being of the physically active population and preventing athletics-related injuries and illnesses.
What is a Certified Athletic Trainer (AT)?
If a person is a certified AT then they have the credentials of ATC after their name.
example: Jessica Truax, M.Ed., ATC
If one is certified they are an "Athletic Trainer" NOT a "trainer"!
ATs are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians in prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses.
The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) is responsible for establishing the standards of care and professional standards for the AT profession.
Roles of the AT
Clinical evaluation and diagnosis
Immediate care of athletic injuries - CPR/First responder
Tx, rehab and reconditioning of athletic injuries
Organization and administration - document everything!
Professional Development and responsibility.
The Sports Medicine Team
the parents/ guardians
the Team Physician
includes many medical and psychological professionals (ex: SAATs, DPT, DC, RN, FNP, dieticians, CSCS, etc...)
refers to the care of the physically active people who have suffered an athletic injury or illness.
How to become an AT
1. Currently requires a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from a CAATE approved university. Moving to Master's only in 2020.
2. Take and Pass the Board of Certification Exam (BOC) which shows an individual has achieved basic knowledge and skill to practice as an AT.
3. Many other states also require registration &/or licensure. CA does not have any requirements to practice as an AT!!!!
Classes required in an ATEP program:
-Risk management & injury preventions
-Pathology of injury & illness
-Orthopedic testing and diagnostics
-Medical conditions and disabilities
-Sport Psychology/ Gen. Psychology
-Acute care of injuries and illness
-Conditioning and rehab exercise
-Admin. & prof. development
- Nutrition, etc...
Sports Medicine Centers
Clinic Outreach & PT clinics
Industrial/ Manufacturing sites
Military & Law Enforcement
Show me the $$$$
Unfortunately, if you want to be an AT you do it for love, not money.
Average AT salary is $36,000-$45,000. Varies based on your setting.
Over 70% of current ATs hold a Master's degree or higher!