Athletic training is a career that can only be practiced by athletic trainers. This is because all jobs in the athletic field play a specific part and a different role in athletics (Albohm, 2009). Another reason why athletic training is only practiced by athletic trainers is because many people confuse physical therapists and with athletic trainers. The difference is that physical therapists are therapist who treats injuries or dysfunctions with exercises and other physical treatments of the disorder. An athletic trainer is a certified health care professional who practices in the field of medical athletic training. In the field of athletic training, the main goal is to prevent, diagnose, and treat injuries and illnesses of any kind dealing with sports. Athletic trainers work with people of all ages and all skill levels, from young children to soldiers and professional athletes. The reason why athletic trainers work with people of different backgrounds, is because they work in many different job settings. According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association these job settings may consist of working in colleges and universities, hospitals and clinics, occupational, military, performing arts, physician extender, professional sports, public safety, and secondary schools. But some of main job settings that they work in are college universities, hospitals, physician extenders, professional sports, secondary schools, and the military. As the career of athletic training advanced into a medical profession, many job settings have required athletic trainers to be a part of their programs and be a major service for care and assistance (Albohm, 2009).
Athletic training has played a significant role in the medical field. This career has gone about a big change in the past hundred years, and this is because of the major technology improvements or advancements thathave been made over the years. “A major change in athletic training happened in 1990, when the American Medical Association endorsed athletic training as an allied health profession” (Albohm, 2009). This means that before 1990, athletic training was not included with all jobs in the medical field. It wasn’t even considered as a medical profession (Albohm, 2009). After this the career of athletic training began to rise as many environmental settings needed an athletic trainer. Then, the need for athletic trainers really increased when American football became an official and national sport in the league. People started to realize that responders were needed to be there on the scene to provide care for injured athletes. This is how the career of athletic training started to become a certified medical profession (Harris, Sponsel, Jr., & Maron, 2006).
To become an athletic trainer, there are a couple of steps that have to be done. The first and most important factor into becoming an athletic trainer is education. Education is the base of starting this career. Athletic trainers need at least a Bachelor’s Degree to finish their education into pursuing this career. But, if they want a higher pay, then the best choice is to continue on working on getting a Master’s Degree. Next are the skills or qualities that were taught in the educational courses. “These skills involve interpersonal skills, decision-making skills, and being detailed oriented” (Albohm, 2009). Having these skills as an athletic trainer play a major part into being certified. “To be certified as an athletic trainer, they must graduate from a CAATE-accredited program before taking the BOC exam. Last is to be licensed, and to be licensed as an athletic trainer, they must pass the BOC exam or a separate state exam” (Albohm, 2009). But, in some states, an athletic trainer doesn’t have to be licensed, and can get a job quickly. There are many steps into being an athletic trainer, but the pay is worth it.
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