An athletic trainer specializes in preventing and treating acute and chronic muscle, bone and joint injuries under a doctor’s direction. Athletic trainers help people of all ages increase their physical performance in work or sports, prevent and minimize pain and loss of function, and avoid surgery. They often consult and collaborate with a patient’s entire medical and rehabilitation team.
An athletic trainer typically:
An athletic trainer may also be known by the following names: AT; athletic trainer, certified athletic trainer (ATC); sports trainer; rehabilitation specialist; physician extender; and wellness manager.
Athletic trainers are sometimes incorrectly called personal trainers. However, personal training is a distinct field that requires different education, certification and expertise.
There are 537 specialists practicing Athletic Training in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.7 stars. There are 76 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Athletic Training specialists, including Hospital For Special Surgery, Adventist Health Simi Valley and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.