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Athletic Training (AT) Major

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).   For more information on CAATE or to look up the SVSU Athletic Training Program click here.

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What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health care profession. The Certified Athletic Trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in athletic health care. As part of a complete health care team, the athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other allied health care workers, athletic administrators, coaches and parents. The athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges, universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs and other athletic health care settings. Specifically, the athletic trainer specializes in practice areas or domains: evidence-based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, therapeutic interventions, psychosocial strategies and referral, healthcare administration, and professional development and responsibility.‌

Career Opportunities:

The Athletic Training (AT) major will prepare a student for many career opportunities which include the working in the following settings: 1) colleges and universities, 2) professional sports, 3) high schools, 4) sports medicine clinics, 5) corporate health programs, 6) military, 7) clinical and industrial health care programs, and 8) performing arts, and 9) athletic training curriculum programs.

Professional Certification:

Certifying athletic trainers ensures high standards of professional practice. Certification by the Board of Certification (BOC) is considered the entry-level credential and is required by most employers.  In addition to certification, athletic trainers may have to meet individual state licensing and regulation requirements. To determine if these added requirements apply, athletic trainers must check with the states in which they practice.

National Organization:

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing, encouraging and improving the athletic training profession, and is open to students within the Professional Athletic Training program.  Benefits of becoming a member of NATA include a comprehensive athletic trainers job referral service and a subscription to NATA News, which highlights national, region, and local news, and includes articles on the latest issues and trends affecting athletic trainers and other sports medicine professionals.