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Athletic Training

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers (AT), health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients across age and care continuums. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Athletic trainers work under the direction of physicians, as prescribed by state licensure statutes. (Profile of Athletic Trainers; National Athletic Trainers Association) By completing the major of athletic training, you will be eligible to sit for the BOC examination to obtain your certification as an athletic trainer. Athletic trainers find job opportunities in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, sports medicine clinics, military, performing arts, and other settings.

Related career titles

Certified Athletic Trainer
College/university faculty*

*Additional training needed for these occupations

Resources available in ACIC*

Careers for Health Nuts and Others Who Like to Stay Fit
Careers in Recreation
Career Opportunities in the Sports Industry
Careers for Sports Nuts and Other Athletic Types
Opportunities in Sports and Fitness Careers
50 Coolest Jobs in Sports

*Books are available for checkout.

Related athletic training links

K-State Department of Human Nutrition

National Athletic Trainers’ Association

National Strength and Conditioning Association

Human Kinetics

Society of Health and Physical Educators

American Council on Exercise

American College of Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine

Gatorade Sports Science Institute

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine