An athletic trainer is an expert at recognizing, treating and preventing musculoskeletal injuries. AT's meet qualifications set by the Board of Certification, Inc. and adhere to the requirements of a state licensing board.
AT's practice under the direction of a physician and are members of a health care profession recognized by the
American Medical Association.
• Must obtain, at minimum, a bachelor's degree in athletic training.
• Must pass a comprehensive exam to earn the ATC credential.
• Must keep their knowledge and skills current by participating in continuing education.
• Must adhere to standards of professional practice set by the NATA and to a national code of ethics.
• Prevent, evaluate, treat and rehabilitate injuries.
• Coordinate care with physicians and other health care professionals.
• Work in schools, colleges, professional sports, clinics, hospitals, corporations, industry, military, and performing arts.
A personal trainer develops, monitors and changes an individual's specific exercise program in a fitness or sports setting; some personal trainers also make nutritional recommendations. Personal trainers can earn credentials through a number of agencies and can work as fitness trainers without formal instruction or certification.
• May or may not have higher education in health sciences.
• May or may not be required to obtain certification or state licensing.
• May or may not participate in continuing education.
• May become certified by any one of numerous organizations that set varying education and practice requirements.
• Assess fitness needs and design appropriate exercise regimens.
• Work with clients to achieve fitness goals.
• Help educate the public on the importance of physical activity.
• Work in health clubs, wellness centers and other locations where fitness activities take place.