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1 Tony Fitzpatrick, ATC, LAT
Athletic Training Tony Fitzpatrick, ATC, LAT Boise, ID Rachael Oats NATA Jon Almquist, ATC Fairfax, VA

2 What is the ‘NATA’ National Athletic Trainers’ Association
Professional Association for Athletic Trainers 31,000+ Members 34% of ATCs are employed in High Schools 4500+ College Students in Professional Education Programs Involved in Development of Profession’s Accredited Education Programs Based in Dallas, Texas

3 Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
Certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are unique health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur to athletes and the physically active.

4 Professional Athletic Training Curricula
Assessment and Evaluation Acute Care General Medical Conditions and Disabilities Pathology of Injury and Illness Pharmacological Aspects of Injury and Illness Nutritional Aspects of Injury and Illness Therapeutic Exercise Therapeutic Modalities Health Care Administration Professional Development and Responsibilities Psychosocial Intervention and Referral

5 Athletic Training Domains
Prevention Recognition, Evaluation & Assessment Immediate Care Treatment, Rehabilitation & Reconditioning Organization & Administration Professional Development & Responsibility

6 Certification Requirements
BS or Masters in Athletic Training through a curriculum approved by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Successful completion of the NATA Board of Certification exam Continuing Education Required to Maintain Certification Licensed in majority of states

7 NATA Board of Certification (BOC) Accreditation
Since 1982, the BOC has been continuously accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. The BOC is the only accredited athletic trainer credentialing program in the United States. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) is the accreditation body of NOCA. Certification programs may apply and be accredited by the NCCA if they demonstrate compliance with each accreditation standard. NCCA's Standards exceed the requirements set forth by the American Psychological Association and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (source:

8 State Regulation Athletic Training Profession is Regulated in Many States in an Effort to Protect the Public

9 Employment Settings Professional Sports College University Athletics
Secondary School Athletics Clinical Physical Therapy Outpatient & Hospital Corporate & Industrial Military

10 Athletic Training Student Aide
ATSA – An “AIDE” vs “Student Athletic Trainer” Must Work Under the Direction of an ATC Opportunity to Become Involved in High School Activities Gateway to Career Opportunities

11 Resources Available from NATA
Print Material on Athletic Training Profession Scientific Journal Position Statements (Heat Illness, Lightning, Fluid Replacement, Concussion, etc) Tools to Develop Proposals to Hire an ATC Professional Contacts to Offer Curriculum Development Assistance Information on Accredited College/University Athletic Training Programs

Tony Fitzpatrick, ATC LAT Rachael Oats Jon Almquist, ATC

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