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 What is Athletic Training? 




What is Athletic Training?

        Athletic trainers are recognized as allied health professionals under the American Medical Association.  They work directly under a physician in order to make decisions about their patients’ participation in activities after an injury has occurred.  Athletic trainers not only work with athletes but they also work with physically active people of all ages.  You may also see athletic trainers in the industrial setting, military, reality television, and many other exciting places.  What do athletic trainers do you might ask? They work with their patients on prevention, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries.  Athletic trainers are usually working with their patients through every step of their injury recovery period from being the first responder at the time of injury to being the person who assists them with returning to the playing field.

Education Required?

  • You must have at least a bachelor’s degree or entry-level master’s degree from a CAATE Accredited athletic training education program and have passed the Board of Certification exam. 
  • Although it is not required, you may also obtain a master’s and a doctorate in athletic training.

Interesting Facts You May Not Have Known About Athletic Training?

First Female AT working in the NFL –  Ariko Iso (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Unique Job Settings:

Industrial Setting:  Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay, Kodak, Fed-Ex, General Electric, General Motors, John Deere, Johnson & Johnson, Disney Wide World of Sports, Kennedy Space Center RehabWorks, Extreme Sports (X-Games), Biggest Loser, American Gladiators, Radio City Rockettes

Sandy Krum: 

  • Biggest Loser Athletic Trainer (Currently 4 Seasons)
  • 2 decades with professional sports:  Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs
  • US Men’s Open Tennis Tournaments
  • Also worked with American Gladiators

Elaine Winslow-Redmond: 

  • Radio City Rockettes
  • Also with the Blue Man Group
  • Once a Radio City Rockette herself
  • Biggest challenge:  Preventing her dancers from injury when they perform 17+ times/week

Susan McGowen: 

  • ESPN director of Sports Medicine and X-Games athletic trainer
  • Director of sports medicine since 1995
  • Works Timber Games, Fly fishing competitions, and bass competitions

Job Outlook:

  • Fastly Growing:  2006-2016 21% increase, above average for other professions
  • Settings with the best prospects to get into: health care industry, other industries


  • More than 50% of ATCs work outside of the school athletic settings and provide services to people of all ages.



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Dr. Jackie Williams
Athletic Training Program Coordinator
315 Patterson Hall
(724) 738-2152