Each March, the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) celebrates National Athletic Training Month to promote the field of Athletic Training and to recognize the work that Athletic Trainers do every day to “keep athletes safe”.
What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who work with athletes and other physically active individuals to prevent, evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate injuries and other medical conditions. Working under the direction of a physician, ATs are part of a health care team who work closely with physicians, physical and occupational therapists, nutritionists, and various other health care professionals to ensure safe participation in sports and recreational activities. Athletic Trainers should not be confused with personal trainers or “trainers” who focus solely on fitness and conditioning. This is important to ensure clarify of the profession and quality of care.