What Is an Athletic Trainer?

Certified Athletic Trainer: A healthcare professional who collaborates with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. 

Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession.

Athletic Trainers are educated and trained in five major practice domains

  • Prevention
  • Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
  • Immediate and Emergency Care
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • Organization and Professional Health and Well-Being

 Professional Preparation

Students who wish to become a certified athletic trainer must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum.  Programs accredidted by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) are currently available at the baccalaureate and graduate level.  However, in May 2015, the AT Strategic Alliance announced plans to phase out baccalaureate degrees.  A planned phase out date has yet to be announced.

The academic preparation to become a certified athletic trainer invovles rigorous classroom study and clinical education in a variety of practice settings such as high schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, emergency rooms, physician offices and healthcare clinics over the course of the degree program. Students enrolled in their final semester are eligible to apply for the BOC exam.

Job Settings

  • College and Universities
  • Professional Sports
  • Secondary and Intermediate Schools
  • Hospitals and Outpatient Clinics
  • Occupational Health
  • Military
  • Rodeo
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Safety

Fact Sheet About Athletic Trainers



A healthcare professional who collaborates with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients.


Support Your Peers – Nominate Them for One of Gatorade’s NATA Awards!

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017

Athletic Trainers play an important role in the health and safety of athletes. However, that role too often goes unnoticed and many Athletic Trainers do not receive the recognition they deserve.


Gatorade hopes to help change this through the sponsorship of two awards that help acknowledge ATs hard work: The Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award and The Tim Kerin Award for Excellence.


Nominate the deserving AT in your life! Nominations accepted until September 15, 2017.

20 online EBP available

Published: Thursday, June 15, 2017

GLATA offers 20 online EBP home study courses through Innovative CEUS. Members can access a half off coupon in the members only section. Remember 2017 is a BOC reporting year, all certified athletic trainers need 10 BOC approved EBP CEUS. 

Committee Chair Position Vacancy Notice

Published: Monday, May 8, 2017

Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association
Committee Chair Position Vacancy Notice

GLATA Committee on Practice Advancement Chair and District IV Representative to the NATA Committee on Practice Advancement