About 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.

The minimum qualifications to become an athletic trainer include earning a bachelors or masters degree in athletic training from a CAATE accredited education program. All athletic trainers must pass a comprehensive national certification examination administered by the Board of Certification and are required to complete ongoing continuing education. Athletic trainers are licensed in the Connecticut through the Department of Public Health. 

CAATE accreditation programs in Connecticut include Central Connecticut State University, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, Southern Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut.

Athletic Trainers in Connecticut are licensed by the Department of Public Health.

Typical patients and clients served by athletic trainers include:

Recreational, amateur, and professional athletes

Individuals who have suffered musculoskeletal injuries

Those seeking strength, conditioning, fitness, and performance enhancement

Others delegated by the physician

Some places athletic training services are provided include:

Athletic training facilities

Schools (K-12, colleges, universities)

Amateur, professional and Olympic sports venues 



Physician offices

Community facilities

Workplaces (commercial and government)

Athletic Trainers are recognized as allied health care professionals by the AMA and are recognized by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services with its own National Provider Identification.

Athletic Trainers are NOT the same as "Personal Trainers." Click here to learn the difference.
"The FACTS About Athletic Trainers"
"ATs Provide Healthcare of All Kinds"

For even more information about Athletic Trainers, visit the National Athletic Trainers' Association web site.

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