Athletic trainers are health care professionals who provide our community a safer approach to work, life, and sport.
Learn how athletic trainers in California keep your state healthy, safe and thriving.
What's the Mission of the California Athletic Trainers' Association?
The California Athletic Trainers’ Association strives to improve the quality of healthcare for athletes, patients, and clients and enhance the profession of athletic training through leadership, education and cooperative efforts with other organizations and allied health professions.
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What is an Athletic Trainer?
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association defines athletic trainers (ATs) as highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals specifically trained in the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical conditions and emergent, acute and chronic injuries. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.
Where are Athletic Trainers Employed?
Athletic trainers provide health care in many settings from clinics and hospitals to performing arts and even aeronautics.
What's the Value of Employing an Athletic Trainer?
The value of an athletic trainers may differ in the eyes of the principal, school board member, athletic director, teacher, coach, parent, employer, legislator and student-athlete. At Your Own Risk has created handouts explaining the value that athletic trainers bring to many different organizations.
Six Ways You Can Get Involved in California
Whether you are the parent of a student athlete or the administrator of a school district, you can do your part. Whether you are a legislator or an employer, you can make a difference. Here are some ways you can get involved in your community.
The California Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA) is a nonprofit mutual benefit member based organization that is dedicated to elevating the profession of athletic training and supporting certified athletic trainers in the state of California.
The Safe Sports School Award recognizes schools around the country that take the crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries. Schools must fulfill specific safety criteria to qualify for this elite distinction, including the creation of a comprehensive athletic health care system and the coordination of pre-participation physical examinations.
There is currently no board of regulation in California, since there is no requirement for registration, licensure or certification.
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Every team deserves an athletic trainer. Learn more about hiring an AT.
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