By Alicia Belant, LAT
By definition, athletic trainers are allied healthcare professionals that collaborate with physicians and other healthcare providers to optimize the physical activity and participation of patients across all age groups. Athletic trainers specialize in musculoskeletal injuries and have extensive training in prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency medical issues, as well as acute and chronic medical conditions. In addition, athletic trainers have highly-developed rehabilitative skills pertaining to musculoskeletal injuries.
Athletic trainers must complete extensive and rigorous coursework following a medical-based model of education, which includes courses such as: chemistry, statistics, physics and kinesiology. They also take courses specific to athletic training and are evaluated in five major areas: prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organizational, professional health and well-being. They are also required to participate in a minimum of two academic years of clinical rotations to expose them to a variety of patient populations and activity types. Student athletic trainers must graduate with either a baccalaureate or master’s degree from an accredited Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) program to be eligible to take the national board of certification exam to become an “Athletic Trainer, Certified” (ATC).
Currently, 46 states require athletic trainer’s to hold the ATC credential to be eligible for employment as an athletic trainer. The athletic training professional must be licensed or otherwise regulated in 47 states to be eligible for employment in conjunction with their national certification. The athletic trainer’s education does not stop with their degree. Certified athletic trainers are required to participate in 75 continuing education hours every three years to remain certified.
Certified athletic trainers work in numerous settings. Many work within orthopedic and rehabilitation clinics, secondary schools, and collegiate and professional athletic settings. Many others work in the military, emergency departments, performing arts and industrial settings. Employers hire athletic trainers for their plethora of wellness services, particularly their injury and illness prevention skills. They are also in demand for their manual therapy skills as well as their treatments for musculoskeletal conditions.
Athletic trainers are multi-skilled, highly-educated allied healthcare professionals working in a multitude of settings. They treat patients of all ages and activity types and levels.
Agnesian HealthCare would like to thank all of their athletic trainers for all of the services they provide to our surrounding communities:
- Brian Azinger: Ripon College
- Alicia Belant: Markesan High School
- Amy Bohl: Laconia High School and Lomira High School
- Billie Jo Braatz
- Kara Lagina: Mayville High School and North Fond du Lac High School
- Brooke Roth
- Chris Schattschneider: Ripon High School
- Stephanie Schubert
- Sarah Schultz: Campbellsport High School
- Tyler Schwarz: St Mary’s Springs High School and Winnebago Lutheran Academy High School
- Corey Wencl: Fond du Lac High School and Oakfield High School
- Trisha West: Waupun High School
Source: National Athletic Trainers Association