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Certified Athletic Trainer


Certified athletic trainers are highly trained professionals who are part of a complete athletic program. They specialize in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. They use their knowledge of hygiene, conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology, and protective equipment to ensure that athletic competition is kept safe and performance is at its best. Athletic trainers concentrate a great deal of their energy on preventing injuries. They design and implement detailed training regiments in an effort to prevent injuries and educate athletes on the best way to accomplish that goal. They are also trained in treating and rehabilitating, as directed by the team physician, any injuries that may occur during athletic competition. They must be able to recognize if an injury requires immediate treatment or if it requires more specialized care. Athletic trainers must have the ability to form close interpersonal relationships and work closely with coaches, athletes, administrators, physicians, and other health professionals. The work of athletic trainers ensures that athletic competition is kept as safe as possible, morale is kept high, and athletes perform at the highest level possible. Individuals interested in this field should be willing to work irregular hours, be in good physical condition, and have the confidence to make decisions.

Work Environment:

Athletic trainers are primarily employed in athletic and educational environments. Settings for trainers include public or private secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports teams, sports medicine clinics, health clubs, hospitals, and corporate health programs.

High School Preparation:

Students interested in a future as an athletic trainer should take high school courses in algebra, geometry, biology, chemistry, physics, first aid, health occupations/medical professions education, English, computer skills, physical education, and health.

College Requirements:

Individuals entering an athletic training program should have a high school diploma or equivalent. Students must earn a college degree from a university with an accredited athletic training program that includes clinical experience. They must then pass a three-part national certification examination given by The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). Mississippi also requires an individual to obtain a state license in order to practice as a certified athletic trainer.

Students interested in athletic training should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

For educational institutions in Mississippi
offering this course of study click here.

Career Outlook:

Employment opportunities for certified athletic trainers should be good over the next decade. The increasing interest in physical fitness and sports competition should increase the demand for athletic trainers. As society becomes more health conscious, roles for athletic trainers in health clubs and other similar facilities will become more prevalent. The large number of high school and college sports programs will continue to need the expertise of these highly trained professionals as they concentrate on preventing and treating injuries that could sideline athletes for entire seasons or their careers.




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Professional Organizations:


National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)

2952 Stemmons Freeway, Suite 200

Dallas, TX 75247

Phone: (800) 879-6282

Fax: (214) 637-2206


National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
1900 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
Phone: (703) 476-3410
Fax: (703) 476-8316


Mississippi Athletic Trainers Association

1300 South Fifth

Cleveland, MS 38732

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