Athletic trainers are allied health care professionals who work to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries. They are also present to intervene and provide emergency care during sporting events. Athletic trainers work under the supervision of physicians, and in conjunction with physical therapists, paramedics, physicians, school nurses, and other health care professionals. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in athletic training is required before you can take the national certification exam; however, 70% of athletic trainers also have post-graduate degrees. Continuing education within the field must be done in order to maintain certification.
Athletic trainers' areas of knowledge include but are not limited to anatomy and physiology, nutrition, orthopedic assessment, therapeutic modalities, kinesiology, exercise physiology, sport psychology, therapeutic exercise, biology, statistics, taping and bracing, administration, emergency care, general medical conditions.
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