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Athletic Training

The goal of Collingswood High School Athletic Training is to provide daily premium athletic healthcare for student athletes involved in the interscholastic sports programs of the high school and middle school.

What is an athletic trainer?
Certified athletic trainers or ATCs are highly qualified medical professionals educated in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from athletic competition. As part of a complete healthcare team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a physician. In many cases, the ATC acts as a liaison between healthcare professionals, athletic administrators, coaches, parents, and athletes. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as an allied healthcare profession. The AMA recommends certified athletic trainers in every high school.

Specifically, the certified athletic trainer possesses knowledge and skill in six practice areas or domains:

  • Prevention
  • Recognition, Evaluation and Assessment
  • Immediate Care
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • Organization and Administration
  • Professional Development and Responsibility

Education
Certified athletic trainers have, at minimum, a bachelor's degree, usually in athletic training, health, physical education, or exercise science. The broad spectrum of study includes, but is not limited to, human anatomy, human physiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, injury prevention and treatment, nutrition, and psychology/counseling. In addition, most athletic trainers continue their education after receiving their bachelor’s degree. Over 70% of all certified athletic trainers possess either a master’s or doctrine. In the state of New Jersey, that figure rises to over 75%. .

Certification and License
Certified athletic trainers have fulfilled the requirements for certification established by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification, Inc. (NATABOC). The certification examination administered by NATABOC consists of a written portion with multiple choice questions; a practical section that evaluates the psychomotor skill components of the domains within athletic training; and a written simulation test, consisting of athletic training related situations designed to approximate real-life decision making. This last portion of the test evaluates athletic trainers' ability to resolve cases similar to those they might encounter in actual practice. The examination covers a variety of topics within the six domains of athletic training. In addition, the state of New Jersey requires all practicing athletic trainers to be licensed by the state.