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.


EBP CEU Courses Available for Members

EBP CEU Courses Available for Members

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017

EBP Courses Available from GLATA

Your association has partnered with Innovative CEUs to provide home study access to the Evidence Based Practice (EBP) CEU course which we offer at the Annual Meeting.  Combining the audio and Powerpoint slides from our Annual Meeting, participants have access to the latest research from leading authorities in clinical care and evidence based practice. Following the completion of each course, participants will complete the online quiz to retrieve their certificates.

Access available in "EBP CEUs" section of Member Benefits.

GLATA 49th Annual Meeting and Symposium Registration Now open

Published: Monday, January 9, 2017

Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association 49th Annual Meeting and Symposium

March 8-11, 2017



Bobby Gunn Leadership Award Applications Now Open

Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Applications are accepted until March 31st for the D4 Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Award.