With March quickly approaching, I wanted to let everyone know that March is National Athletic Training Month. As an Athletic Trainer, here at OSR in Kailua, I wanted to give everyone a brief overview of what a certified athletic trainer is, does and what it takes to become one for those who are unfamiliar with the profession.
The biggest misconception of certified athletic trainers (ATC’s) is that we are the same as a personal trainer. ATC’s are recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as health care professionals. Our services include injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries. The National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) was founded in 1950 and currently there are approximately 50,000 ATC’s in practice. ATC’s must meet requirements and qualifications set by the Board of Certification, Inc. and it was recently decided by the AT Strategic Alliance that the minimum professional degree level will be a master’s degree, a change to be implemented within the next several years.
The NATA has been pushing to educate the general population not to recognize certified athletic trainer’s just as “trainer’s” so not to confuse them with personal trainers and that there are significant differences between the two professions. ATC’s must obtain a master’s degree in athletic training where personal trainer’s may or may not have higher education in health sciences. ATC’s must pass a national board exam and participate in mandatory continuing education units where personal trainers may or may not participate in continuing education or be required to obtain certification or state licensing. ATC’s prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries (acute and chronic) and coordinate care with physicians and other health care professionals. Majority of ATC’s work in schools, colleges, professional sports, hospitals, clinics, military, performing arts and industrial corporations where personal trainers are usually employed in health clubs, fitness and/or wellness centers or working privately with clients.
Certified athletic trainers are one of the many medical professionals offering their expertise and services to Oahu Spine and Rehab. Call today and schedule your complimentary consultation! Call today to make an appointment at 488-5555!