As the calendar turns to March, National Athletic Training Month is upon us! Athletic Trainers also known as ATs are commonly confused with Personal Trainers and are often referred to as "Trainers". There is, however, a large difference in the education, skill-set, 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. This month theScoop will publish a series of blog posts to educate, promote, and raise awareness of the profession of Athletic Training! What is Athletic Training? Who are Athletic Trainers? How is Athletic Training regulated? Why should I use an Athletic Trainer? These are all questions that will be answered so stay tuned!
Here at SportsPlus we employ Athletic Trainers and are proud to provide Athletic Training services to the following school districts: AGWSR, Aplington-Parkersburg, BCLUW, East Marshall, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, GMG, Grundy Center, Marshalltown, and West Marshall.
According to the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) the definition of Athletic Training is "Athletic Trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. ATs work under the direction of physicians, as prescribed by state licensure statutes" (NATA, 2018).
That's theScoop! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more information about Athletic Training! #NATM2018