Athletic training is a healthcare profession that encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute, or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.
Who are Athletic Trainers?
Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes.
How is Athletic Training regulated?
Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited athletic training program and successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam. Each state has different credentials required in order to practice as an Athletic trainer. Athletic trainers are licensed or regulated in 49 states (except California) and in the District of Columbia. In Iowa Athletic trainers are licensed by the Iowa Board of Athletic Training a branch of the Iowa Department of Public Health. Athletic trainers are also qualified to apply for a National Provider Identifier (NPI) as a health care professional.
Why should I use an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes participating in sports, and can work in a variety of job settings including: physical therapy clinics, hospitals, physicians clinics, industrial settings, high school athletics, collegiate athletics, professional athletics, and the olympics.
Athletic trainers relieve widespread and future workforce shortages in primary care support and outpatient rehab professions and provide an unparalleled continuum of care for the patients.
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.
SportsPlus is 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.
For more information on Athletic Training visit www.nata.org