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Athletic Training Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Athletic Trainer?
Certified athletic trainers (ATC) are medical experts in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. They can work in conjunction with physicians and therapists as part of a sports medicine team.*

What kinds of job opportunities are there?
Certified Athletic Trainers can work on the field or behind the scenes with professional, collegiate or high school athletics, as well as clinical or hospital settings. Other areas can include corporate health programs, health clubs, clinical and industrial health care programs, and athletic training education programs.*

How do I become Certified?
Attend a College or University with an accredited Athletic Training Education Program such as Methodist University. Upon graduation with a bachelor's degree, you can take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

What qualities are needed for success?
The extensive knowledge gained through a good curriculum, coupled with strong decision- making skills learned through practical experience will help you succeed.*

How can I get more information about Athletic Training?
You can contact the Methodist University Athletic Training or the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) at 1-800-TRY NATA.

*Information courtesy of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Public Relations Packet.

 

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