What is an Athletic Training?

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.1


What is an Athletic Trainer (ATC)?

ATC is an acronym for Certified Athletic Trainer. Certified athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. As part of a complete health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents.2

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.2

To become certified athletic trainers, students must pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification. Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified.2

Certified athletic trainers can be found almost anywhere people are physically active. The following are some of the various work settings which athletic trainers are employed; secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, hospitals, clinics, physician offices, sports medicine clinics, military and law enforcement, industrial and commercial, and performing arts.3


Our Program

The University of Utah Athletic Training Education Program (ATP) provides opportunities for students to work with athletes in a variety of settings, while working on a degree in athletic training. Students gain a knowledge and clinical understanding of athletic training techniques and their application within sports medicine. Students receive experience with University of Utah intercollegiate athletic teams, University of Utah sport clubs, community sports medicine clinics, surrounding high school and local small colleges. Through a cooperative effort between the Department of Exercise and Sports Science, and the Department of Athletics, we have designed an accredited curriculum that provides opportunities leading to mastery of skills. Our students have gone on to careers in many different athletic training settings, such as; clinic positions, medical sales, physical therapy, professional sports, and many college and universities in the United States.

The University of Utah Atheltic Training Program is CAATE accredited.



Athletic Training Program Mission

Supply the health care field with distinctive, board certified athletic trainers that effectively operate with health care providers as critical partners in the health care field.

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Athletic Training Education Program (ATP) is to provide a comprehensive health care education that focuses on the physically active. ATP combines formal instruction in prevention, evaluation, rehabilitation, and management of injuries with clinical experiences in a variety of settings. The goal is to provide an environment that fosters the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills. ATP prepares students for successful completion of the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam, as well as, becoming licensed to practice Athletic Training within the State of Utah

Learning Outcomes

  • Students demonstrate proficiency and knowledge in the 8 content areas of competency as outlined by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
  • Students leave the program as distinctive, well-prepared, and experienced athletic trainers.
  • Students value the program and the unique learning experience provided at the U.
  • Post-graduation, students find jobs in the field or appropriate continuing education.


  1. Retrieved on December 10, 2007 from "http://www.nata.org/about_AT/terminology.htm" Definition of Athletic Training (approved by NATA Board of Directors in October, 2007)
  2. Retrieved on December 10, 2007 from "http://www.nata.org/about_AT/whatisat.htm"
  3. Retrieved on January 11, 2019 from "https://www.nata.org/about/athletic-training/job-settings"

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