Certified athletic trainers assess sports injuries, providing appropriate treatment, and educating athletes on injury-prevention programs as well as healthy lifestyles. Trainers help with rehabilitation after an injury. Kinesiology is closely related, focusing on human movement and physical activity.
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Athletic trainers work with school sports teams, professional sports, or in sports medicine clinics or health clubs. Trainers work in collaboration with physicians and coaches, insuring that treatment plans are followed and athletes are not returned to the game prematurely. Trainers can work full-time year round or on a seasonal basis which varies with each sport.
Students should study biology, chemistry, and physics as well as basic first-aid. Some coaching or experience as a team captain is preferable. Bachelorís and masterís degrees are available in athletic training or kinesiology. An accredited program includes courses such as human anatomy and physiology, psychology, nutrition, and physical education plus extensive field experience. Athletic trainers are certified by the National Athletic Trainersí Association after earning a college degree plus 800 hours of experience and an examination.
Cardinal Stritch University
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin - Superior
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
9400 W. Higgins Road, Suite 300
Rosemont, IL, 60018
847/292-4900 or 877/321-3500
NATA Board of Certification
1415 Harney St., Suite 200
Omaha, NE, 68102
402/559-0091 or 877/262-3926 (877-BOC-EXAM)
National Athletic Trainersí Association
1620 Valwood Parkway, Suite 115
Carrollton, TX, 75006
National Strength and Conditioning Association
1885 Bob Johnson Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO, 80906
719/632-6722 or 800/815-6826
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