What is an ATC? (Certified Athletic Trainer)
The Licensed Athletic Trainer is
a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in athletic health
care. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel,
the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic
health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports
medicine clinics, professional sports programs and other athletic
health care settings.
trainers have, at minimum, a bachelor's degree, usually in athletic
training, health, physical education or exercise science. In addition,
athletic trainers study human anatomy, human psychology/counseling.
Licensed athletic trainers also participate in extensive clinical
affiliations with athletic teams under appropriate supervision.
athletic trainers have fulfilled the requirements for certification
established by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and Board of
Certification, Inc. (BOC). The certification examination
administered by BOC consists of a written portion with multiple
choice questions. The examination covers
a variety of topics within the five practice domains of athletic
* Prevention of athletic injuries
* Recognition, evaluation and immediate care of athletic injuries
* Rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries
* Health care administration
* Professional development and responsibility
athletic trainers pass the certification examination proving skills and
knowledge within each of the five domains, they use the designation
Once Athletic Trainers receive their national certification they must also receive licensure from the Department of Health in Washington. Once they receive licensure the athletic trainer is also designated as an "LAT."