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CHAPTER 1

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Careers in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Athletic training

Athletic training, a division of sports medicine, encompasses the prevention, diagno-

The division of sports
medicine that deals
with the care and
prevention of athletic
injuries and the
management of the
training methods
used by professional
or amateur athletes
and the active
population.

sis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving
impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. The National Athletic Trainers'
Association (NATA) had its first meeting in 1950 in Kansas City, Missouri, with
101 athletic trainers from various college conferences. Before this, in 1917, S. E. Bilik,
a physician, wrote a book called The Trainer's Bible. Early in the 1920s, the Cramer
family, from Gardner, Kansas, founded a chemical company producing a liniment
to treat ankle sprains. Cramer went on to publish the First Aider in 1932, a newsletter on sports injuries. In 1974, NATA recorded its first membership number-
4,500 members-and today that number has grown to over 35,000 member
worldwide.

National Athletic
Trainers' Association
(NATA)

What Does It Take to Be an Athletic Trainer?

A not-for-profit
organization
with more than
27,000 members
nationwide that is
committed to the
advancement,
encouragement,
and improvement of
the athletic training
profession.

It takes a person with a specific passion to be an athletic trainer. Athletic trainers
work in a variety of settings and under many different conditions (see Figure 1-2).
Events may be held indoors or outdoors and many occur on weekends. They may
take place in the blistering heat or freezing snow, and are scheduled during the daytime and evenings. There might be times when you will travel with a team and be
on call for 24 hours a day. Consequently, an athletic trainer must be prepared for
any type of emergency that may occur in any of these scheduled settings and times.
With this in mind, if you like taking care of people and helping them, this could

certified athletic
trainer (ATC)
Allied health
care professional
educated and
trained in the
prevention,
assessment,
treatment, and
rehabilitation of
injuries.

1-2 | A successful athletic trainer is knowledgeable about the treatment and
prevention of sports injuries, is in good physical health, has an interest in sports,
and possesses a variety of organizational skills.



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