What is athletic training?

Athletic training 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.

The Master of Athletic Training Program, in the Allied Health Department, utilizes a proficiency-based medical model to educate students through classroom and clinical experiences.

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.
  • The NATA Code of Ethics states the principles of ethical behavior that should be followed in the practice of athletic training.
  • Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties, and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree.

What is the salary range of typical Athletic Training jobs?

Like any occupation, it varies by employer and geographic location. But the national average salary for an athletic trainer with a master’s degree is $54,660.

Athletic Training Education

Athletic training education uses a competency-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings. Using a medical-based education model, athletic training students are educated to provide comprehensive patient care in five domains of clinical practice: prevention; clinical evaluation and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care; treatment and rehabilitation; and organization and professional health and well-being. The educational requirements for CAATE-accredited athletic training education programs include acquisition of knowledge, skills, and clinical abilities along with a broad scope of foundational behaviors of professional practice.  Students must receive formal instruction in the following specific subject matter areas:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Prevention and health promotion
  • Clinical examination and diagnosis
  • Acute care of injury and illness
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Psychosocial strategies and referral
  • Health care administration
  • Professional development and responsibility

The Master of Athletic Training Program prepares students to:

  • Master educational competencies required for certification
  • Develop the ability to communicate with other allied health professionals as evidenced by frequent interaction with certified athletic trainers, coaches, fitness workers, and recreation workers.
  • Model appropriate professional and ethical practices as related to their profession.
  • Gain didactic and clinical knowledge and skills in the prevention, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.