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Careers in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

be a profession for you. An athletic trainer will need the following characteristics to
be successful:

Characteristics of a Successful Athletic Trainer
■	 Dependability/time management
■	 Adaptability/organizational skills
■ Critical thinking/problem-solving skills
■	 Leadership/communication ability
■	 Good judgment
■	 A sense of humor/people skills
■	 Good physical health
■	 Passionate about sports and helping others

Some of these qualities can be developed through proper mentorship, hands-on
experiences, and education. Others must be part of the athletic trainer's unique personality. Do you have some of the characteristics necessary to become an athletic trainer?

Academic Requirements and Professional
Certification
For certified athletic trainers (Figure 1-3) to hold the ATC® credential, they must
earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum, either an undergraduate degree or an entry-level master's degree, accredited by the

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Commission on
Accreditation of
Athletic Training
Education (CAATE)
The Commission
on Accreditation
of Athletic Training
Education (CAATE) is
the agency responsible
for the accreditation
of 350+ professional
(entry-level) athletic
training educational
programs.
The mission of the
CAATE is to provide
comprehensive
accreditation services
to institutions that
offer athletic training
degree programs and
verify that all CAATEaccredited programs
meet the acceptable
educational standards
for professional (entrylevel) athletic training
education.

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
(CAATE) and pass the Board of Certification certificate exam. The

current list of these CAATE-accredited programs and what is needed
to take the exam can be found at www.bocatc.org. Each state may vary
the requirements for certification, licensing, or registration in that
state. This up-to-date information can be found at www.bocatc.org.

The BOC Athletic Training Practice Domains consist of:
Athletic Training Practice Domains
I. Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection
II. Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
III. Immediate and Emergency Care
IV. Treatment and Rehabilitation
V. Organization and Professional Health and Well-being
Reprinted with permission of the National Athletic Trainers' Association

The mission of CAATE is to provide comprehensive accreditation
services to institutions that offer athletic training degree programs and
verify that all CAATE-accredited programs meet the acceptable educational standards of professional (entry-level) athletic training education.

1-3 | Athletic trainers are responsible
for the care and prevention of athletic
injuries. Here, a certified athletic trainer is
observing an athlete's return to play.


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