DEFINITION OF A LICENSED ATHLETIC TRAINER
Any person licensed by the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers as an athletic trainer and who practices athletic training on an athlete under the direction or referral, or both, of a licensed physician after meeting the requirements of the act and rules and regulations. Licensed athletic trainers follow protocols approved jointly by the State Board of Medical Examiners and the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers.
ALABAMA BOARD OF ATHLETIC TRAINERS
The Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers regulates the profession of athletic training within the state. The Board is composed of nine members; three physicians appointed by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and six licensed athletic trainers appointed by the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association.
NATABOC CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Certified athletic trainers are recognized by the American Medical Association as allied healthcare providers. Through their advanced educational background they are able to provide the utmost professional care possible, early evaluation and treatment of athletic injuries, and proper medical referral. Athletic trainers not only provide quality healthcare but they also educate athletes in prevention of injuries. Therefore the standard for licensure in the state of Alabama is NATABOC certification. This nationally accredited board examination ensures minimum standards for entry level athletic trainers.
Required courses in undergraduate studies as
outlined by the National Athletic Trainers'
Association (NATA) (including health, human anatomy,
kinesiology, biomechanics, human physiology,
physiology of exercise, basic and advanced athletic
training, first aid, and CPR).
Practical experience under the direct supervision of
a NATABOC certified athletic trainer.
Successful completion of a three part certification
examination (written, oral practical, and written
simulation) as set forth by the National Athletic
Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC).
Continuing Education Units (80 CEU's in a 3 year
reporting period --- 80 contact hours)
There are colleges and
universities in Alabama that have approved athletic training
curriculums. These settings provide an environment for
students to learn the fundamentals necessary to become
proficient certified athletic trainers.
DOMAINS OF ATHLETIC TRAINING
These domains are categorized according to the major tacks comprising the role of the certified athletic trainer. There domains have been identified as those necessary to be effective in functioning as a certified athletic trainer.
Prevention of athletic
Evaluation and recognition of athletic
injuries/illnesses and medical referral.
First Aid and emergency care.
Rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic
Organization and administration.
education of athletes.
SETTINGS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Colleges and Universities
Sports Medicine Clinics/hospitals
National Athletic Trainers' Association, as a leader in health care for the physically active, believes that the prevention and treatment of injures to student-athletes is a priority. The recognition and treatment of injures to student-athletes must be immediate. The medical delivery system for injured student-athletes needs a coordinator within the local school community who will facilitate the prevention, recognition, treatment and reconditioning of sports related injuries. Therefore, it is the position of the National Athletic Trainers' Association that all high schools should provide the services of a certified athletic trainer (ATC) to student athletes.
As a qualified health care professional, understanding the nature, severity and management of injures properly prepares the licensed athletic trainer in effective communication and guidance between both parents and coaches.
The presence of a licensed athletic trainer serves as a worth beyond the cost to a school, coach, parents and above all athletes. Athletic trainers have a responsibility to provide expert care and management of sports injuries to all those involved. This responsibility can help reduce the possibility of complications of even the most minor of injuries.