Athletic Training Profession
Athletic training provides a wide scope of health support to athletes. It has been defined as "the art and science of prevention and management of injuries at all levels of athletic activity." The individual that provides this service is the Athletic Trainer.
The National Athletic Trainer's Association(NATA) was establish in 1950. The rapid growth of the profession has made the NATA one of the fastest growing allied health care associations in the country.
Certification procedures for athletic trainers were first introduced in 1970. To become an athletic trainer today, a person must have a college degree that fulfills the educational requriements of the profession and must successfully pass a national board examination.
A practicing Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), is expected to successfully combine medical and scientific knowledge in such a manner as to provide competent health care for those athletes they serve.