What is an Athletic Trainer?
Often mistaken as the kind of trainer one may see in a gym, an Athletic Trainer is a completely different animal. As defined by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association
“Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities.”
You can see us in many different environments- the sideline of a football game, a doctor’s office, taping athletes at the Crossfit games, working with Olympic athletes, working in high school and colleges, and even in the business realm helping people with things like ergonomics and workplace injuries.
We had to earn at least a bachelor’s if not a masters in science, then sit for the Board of Certification exam to be able to call ourselves certified athletic trainers. In other countries you may hear us referred to as physios.
Licensed in the majority of the United States, we are professionals who often show up long before and leave far after a sporting event. We are there to help prevent injuries, rehab during, and help ensure they do not happen again.
So how can an Athletic Trainer help you?
Athletic trainers know everything from injury prevention, to muscle testing, and how to design rehabs after injuries or surgeries. This understanding of how the human body functions coupled with massage makes for someone who is very knowledgeable about soft tissue, the injuries they can sustain, and what treatments you would need to deal with all of the above.