About Athletic Training
An athletic trainer is a qualified health care professional educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with physical activity. In cooperation with physicians and other health care personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, and other health care settings. The athletic trainer functions in cooperation with medical personnel, athletic personnel, individuals involved in physical activity, parents, and guardians in the development and coordination of efficient and responsive athletic health care delivery systems.
Athletic Training at Valdosta State University
The Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Accreditation Standards are the minimum standards of quality used in accrediting educational programs that prepare individuals to enter the athletic training profession. These Standards can be obtained through the Program Director. The extent to which a program complies with these standards determines its accreditation status. In 1990, the Valdosta State University Athletic Training Education Program was the first accredited program in the state of Georgia and since then has successfully completed re-accreditation in 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2012. This has resulted in over a two decade long history of producing excellent athletic trainers. The athletic trainer’s professional preparation is directed toward the development of specified competencies in the following domains: Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention and Health Promotion, Clinical Examination and Diagnosis, Acute Care of Injuries and Illnesses, Therapeutic Interventions, Psychosocial Strategies and Referral, Healthcare Administration, Professional Development and Responsibility, and Clinical Integration Proficiencies. Through a combination of formal classroom instruction and diverse clinical education experiences, the athletic trainer is prepared to apply a wide variety of specific health care skills and knowledge within each of the domains.
- Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (B.S.A.T.)
To develop critical thinking athletic training professionals capable of meeting diverse regional, national, and emerging international opportunities; athletic training professionals who recognize the importance of continuing education, possess mastery level skills, and demonstrate problem solving capacity.
- College and University settings
- Professional Sports settings
- Secondary School settings
- Clinical/Outpatient Orthopedic settings
- Hospital settings
- Industrial settings
- Military/Law Enforcement settings
- Performing Arts settings
*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.