Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Most commonly you will see them on the athletic field or court.
Our athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals. As a part of the PERFORMANCE Physical Therapy team, services provided by athletic trainers include first-aid or first-responder care, injury and illness prevention, and wellness promotion and education.
Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skill set, and job duties between an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program.
Are athletic trainers the same as personal trainers?
No. But some athletic trainers are qualified and have the experience to perform personal training services. Inquire with you athletic training regarding their background and experience.
What is difference between an athletic trainer and a physical therapist?
The biggest difference is an athletic trainer is specifically trained in on field/court acute injury management to stabilize an athlete and direct further medical attention if necessary.
Can my local athletic trainer just do my rehabilitation following a sports injury?
The short answer is yes they can direct rehabilitation. But if they are to perform, it MUST be done with a Physician order. A true physical therapist can perform physical therapy services without the direction of a Physician for a certain length of time dependent on your state you are in.