At Sentara, we work with certified athletic trainers in our community to keep our area athletes healthy and safe.
Certified athletic trainers are highly educated and skilled health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. As part of a complete healthcare team, certified athletic trainers work under the direction of a licensed physical therapist and in cooperation with other healthcare professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents.
Certified athletic trainers are integral members of the athletic healthcare team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs and other healthcare settings.
What is a Certified Athletic Trainer?
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.
Certified athletic trainers have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree, usually in athletic training, health, physical education or exercise science. In addition, athletic trainers study human anatomy, human physiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, athletic training, nutrition and psychology/counseling. Certified athletic trainers also participate in extensive clinical affiliations with athletic teams under appropriate supervision. Certified athletic trainers must fulfill the requirements for certification by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification, Inc. (NATABOC).
Athletic Trainers at Sentara
Athletic trainers with Sentara provide a variety of services to athletes and non-athletes alike in a clinical outreach setting. They help plan and implement physical therapy protocols for all orthopedic injuries in physical therapy centers under the supervision of licensed physical therapists. Sentara athletic trainers also provide sports medicine care to local school systems and their athletes.
Post- and pre-rehabilitation sessions are available for patients either preparing for surgery or seeking a continuation of skilled therapy after their discharge from physical therapy.