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What is a Certified Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients.  Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

About Athletic Trainers

Typical patients and clients served by athletic trainers include:

  • Recreational, amateur, and professional athletes
  • Individuals who have suffered musculoskeletal injuries
  • Those seeking strength, conditioning, fitness, and performance enhancement
  • Others delegated by the physician

Some places athletic training services are provided include:

  • Athletic training facilities
  • Schools (K-12, colleges, universities)
  • Amateur, professional and Olympic sports venues
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Physician offices
  • Community facilities
  • Workplaces (commercial and government)

Certified Athletic Trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled allied health care professionals and have been part of the American Medical Association's Health Professions Career and Education Directory for more than a decade. Additionally, the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine - among others - are all strong clinical and academic supporters of Certified Athletic Trainers.

How Can I Find Out More Information about Athletic Training?

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. For more information, please visit the website at the NATA website (

How Do I Become an Athletic Trainer?

To become a certified athletic trainer, you must get a master's degree from a college or university with an accredited athletic training program, then take and pass the exam administered by the Omaha-based Board of Certification.  This is the only way to become a certified athletic trainer. Learn more at NATA's Professional Development Center.

Do Athletic Trainers Have to Be Registered with The State of Oregon?

Yes. According to Oregon Laws ORS 688.701 TO 688.734 and OAR 331-105 TO 135, to practice athletic training in the state of Oregon, individuals must be registered in accordance with Oregon Laws 1999, Chapter 736, Section (6).