At Sentara, we work with certified athletic trainers in our community to keep our area athletes healthy and safe.
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 healthcare 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.