What is a Certified Athletic Trainer?
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What is a Certified Athletic Trainer? 

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Certified athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. As part of a complete health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents.

To become certified athletic trainers, students must graduate with a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the board of certification. Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified.

To learn more about the field of athletic training, visit the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) website.

Sentara Sports Medicine Athletic Training Services

The Sentara Sports Medicine program provides certified athletic trainers to the Hampton Roads community in an effort to promote fitness, increase performance, and educate young and old about injury prevention.

Certified athletic training services are provided for many middle and high school students in the Hampton Roads public school system.

The Sentara Sports Medicine Program currently provides athletic training services to a large number of public schools, including the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton and Newport News. Certified athletic training services are also provided for private sports club and club sanctioned tournaments.

The program also covers large sporting events including the AAU basketball boys and girls regional tournaments, VHSL sanctioned regional and state tournaments, the Annual Sand Soccer Tournament at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, the Senior Olympics and numerous regional wrestling tournaments.

About NATA

Certified athletic trainers are unique health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses.  The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports the more than 30,000 members of the athletic training profession through education and research. 


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