Athletic trainers are highly-skilled health care professionals that offer treatment under the direction of a physician. Some of the services they provided include primary care, injury and illness prevention, rehabilitation and therapeutic intervention.
While athletic trainers are often confused with personal trainers, there is a significant difference in terms of education, skillset, job duties and services provided. Athletic trainers obtain their training in an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, with approximately 70% earning a master’s degree.
Services provided by athletic trainers include:
Movement Screening/Injury Prevention Screening Analyze movement patterns and observe mobility and stability deficits.
Injury Treatment Athletic trainers are able to recognize, evaluate and assess injuries to deliver immediate care.
Rehabilitation Offer customized rehab according to their needs, including considerations for their sport and position. Goals of rehabilitation may include restoration of motion, decreasing pain and improving functional movement.
Injury Prevention Programs Work to help clients improve overall athletic performance while preventing injuries. Programs may include improving neuromuscular control through balance exercises, as well as strengthening exercises tailored to a specific sport.