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About Athletic Training

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergency, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions for the physically active. Long known for our care provided to athletes on and off the athletic field, athletic trainers also provide health care services to all types of patients in a variety of settings such as the performing arts, military and occupational settings. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health profession.


Athletic trainers serve under the supervision of physicians and other recognized health care providers and are licensed through the Department of Public Health in Connecticut. To earn licensure, athletic trainers must complete a rigorous in-class and clinical based academic program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and successfully pass a national board examination administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). Accredited programs in Connecticut include:


Central Connecticut State University

Quinnipiac University 

Sacred Heart University

Southern Connecticut State University

University of Connecticut 

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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