Athletic Training

An Athletic Trainer is:

  • Allied health professional who works under the direction/supervision of a licensed physician to provide health care to athletes.

The Role of an Athletic Trainer is:

  • Prevention of injuries
  • Recognition/Evaluation of injuries
  • Management/Treatment/Disposition of injuries
  • Rehabilitation
  • Organization & Administration

Education Criteria for National Certification:

  • College degree with core/section requirements fulfilled
  • Proof of current First Aid Certification or EMT equivalent
  • Proof of current Basic CPR Certification
  • Successful Completion of NATABOC Exam & application
  • Clinical Supervision hours (minimum 2 years)

Criteria for State Licensure:

  • NATABOC Certification
  • Meet all State Licensure Requirements
  • Athletic Trainers Provide:
  • On site evaluation & treatment for the injured athlete
  • Immediate first aid care
  • Follow-up rehabilitation care
  • Health Professional Resource person available to athlete
  • Specific conditioning programs for injury prevention

Employment Opportunities:

  • High School with/without teaching responsibilities, including Full Time Athletic Trainer, Part time Athletic Trainer, Teacher-Athletic Trainer, Substitute Athletic Trainer, Administrative Assistant-Athletic Trainer, Nurse Office-Athletic Trainer
  • College & University
  • Professional Teams
  • The most common employment settings include work in secondary schools, colleges, clinics, and professional sports, however, licensed athletic trainers may work in any setting under the supervision of a NJ licensed physician.