March is Athletic Training Month!
I am proud to be BOTH a certified athletic trainer and a certified personal trainer.
Since this is Athletic Training month, it’s a great time to share what an athletic trainer is.
You may think of athletic trainers are on sidelines ready to provide emergency care at athletic events, but AT’s do much more than just this.
An athletic trainer is a certified and licensed health care professional who practices in the field of sports medicine. It has been recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health care profession since 1990. (As described on wikipedia)
Athletic Trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency services, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
Some AT’s get offended when people call them “trainer” or when people think what they do is personal training. In general athletic trainers have more formal education, and a more in depth certification and licensing process as compared to many personal trainers. (Personal Training is currently a very unregulated field) But I know there are personal trainers out there that know more than me and other athletic trainers. Just like in any field, experience, passion, desire to continue to improve yourself plays a significant part of the quality of work one does.
I am proud to be both, and continue to learn more in personal training and athletic training as I continue to strive to help as many people as I can.