“The Certified Athletic Trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in athletic health care. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personal, the ATC functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs and other athletic health care settings.”
– The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)
Athletic Training at a Glance
Athletic training is an allied healthcare profession recognized by the American Medical Association. Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) hold a bachelor’s degree, with more than 70 percent earning an advanced degree. ATCs are required to pursue continuing education to retain board certification.
Certified Athletic Trainers are:
- Experts in injury prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, particularly in the orthopedic and musculoskeletal disciplines. They are often the first to respond to an injury.
- A key component of the health care team, which includes physicians and other specialized personnel. Because of their focus on injury prevention and rehabilitation, ATCs lessen the burden on the public and private health care systems.
- Multi-skilled health care providers with strong academic and professional backgrounds. ATCs differ from personal and fitness trainers who concentrate on physical conditioning and exercise.
Athletic Training at UMaine
Athletic training at UMaine is an intensive curriculum and clinical-based program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The rigorous standards set by the CAATE ensure graduates from accredited programs nationwide have consistent high-quality academic and clinical experiences. UMaine graduates will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from the College of Education and Human Development and be eligible to apply for the NATA Board of Certification Athletic Trainer examination.
The University of Maine Athletic Training Education program shall provide didactic and clinical experiences designed to prepare students for careers in preventing and managing injury for the physically active. Classroom learning and research will include kinesiology, anatomy and physiology, modalities, athletic injury care, assessment and rehabilitation, and patient management skills. The clinical requirement provides students direct experiences in placement such as the University’s Athletic Department, area high schools and medical venues. Students who graduate from this program, once accredited, will be eligible to apply for the Board of Certification Athletic Training examination. They will be competent in the skills and knowledge required to serve as an allied health care professional in secondary schools, colleges, rehabilitation clinics, professional sports and various health care settings.
UMaine Program Highlights
For more information, contact:
Sherrie Weeks, Athletic Training Program Director
Image Description: AT students learn about neck and spine injuries.