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Skills and Knowledge Checklist for Becoming an Athletic Trainer

Athletic training is a growing field found at the intersection of active lifestyles and healthcare.  Athletic trainers support their patients in a variety of ways, such as emergency care, diagnosis, and rehabilitation.  They are also found in a variety of settings, from traditional settings in collegiate and professional sports teams, to

Read More »

Social Media: Boon or Bane for Athletic Trainers?

Like it or not, social media usage is on the rise.  We see it on our campus, in our clinic, and even in our classrooms.  While social media is often viewed as a distraction and hinderance (especially in our classrooms!), there are many social media tools available for athletic trainers and

Read More »

Know These 6 Effective Steps to Proper Communication in Athletic Training

Effective communication skills are a must for athletic-training graduates, and something we focus heavily on at the University of Idaho.  While things like injury treatment and prevention are more visible athletic trainer duties, empathetic communication is important also.  Unclear or ineffective communication can easily undermine an athletic trainers’ relationships with their

Read More »

Women in Athletic Training: An in-depth look

Since the first woman joined the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) in the early 1970s, the field has seen significant growth.  Here at the University of Idaho, we’ve mentored many women into their development as athletic trainers and have answered many questions specific to females entering the profession.  For example, what

Read More »

How Athletic Trainers Deal with Catastrophic Sports Injuries

One of the benefits of having an athletic trainer on-site for athletic competitions and practices is that they are available to diagnose and treat athletic injuries and illnesses immediately.  Often injuries are relatively small, short-lived, and patients can quickly return to their activity.  But what about catastrophic injuries?  How do athletic

Read More »

Bursting some common myths about athletic training

Athletic training is potentially one of the most misunderstood allied healthcare professions.  Some may even be surprised to learn that athletic trainers are healthcare professionals.  Who exactly are athletic trainers, and what do they do?  Read on to burst three common myths in athletic training. Myth: athletic trainers only use tape

Read More »

Are you an Athletic Training Major in the Making?

Found at the intersection of active lifestyles and healthcare, athletic training is a growing career field with ample job opportunities.  While many students find this prospect intriguing, they struggle with questions like “What is an athletic trainer’s job description?” and “What degree do you need to be an athletic trainer?”  Beyond

Read More »

The Importance of Industrial Athletic Trainers

Have you heard of an industrial athletic trainer?  You may know that athletic trainers have been steadily pushing outside of athletics, as other industries have discovered the benefits of having a highly trained healthcare provider on-staff.  Athletic trainer job settings are increasingly varied, with athletic trainers being found in doctor’s offices,

Read More »

How to Crack the BOC Athletic Training Exam

To become a board-certified athletic trainer, a candidate must first complete an entry-level athletic training education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  Earning the “ATC” credential is required to practice athletic training in 48 states. What is an entry-level athletic training degree? An entry-level athletic

Read More »

Athletic Training 101

Athletic trainers are highly trained healthcare professionals who, as part of a healthcare team, provide services such as primary care, injury and illness prevention, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic interventions and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses.  They specialize in the care and prevention of athletic injuries.  Athletic trainer responsibilities

Read More »

Popular Career Paths After an Athletic Training Degree

Athletic training is a growing field, with many graduates finding employment in new and emerging settings.  Athletic trainers have many opportunities to find a rewarding and fulfilling placement that fits with their interests and strengths. What do you learn in an athletic training program? Athletic trainers are medical professionals who help

Read More »

The Doctor in Athletic Training Program Can Transform Your Career

Athletic training education history The profession of athletic training has evolved over the last 25 years. Leading up to and during this period, athletic trainers were typically found in “traditional” settings such as secondary schools, colleges, and professional sports teams.  Bachelor’s degrees were the minimum education requirement which meant that many

Read More »

Top Five Unbeatable Athletic Training Qualities You Need to Know

At the intersection of emergency care, evaluation/diagnosis, and rehabilitation, athletic training creates opportunities not often seen in other allied health professions.  For example, athletic trainers can work closely with patients over long periods of time, developing relationships while providing personalized care.  There is also a lot of variety in job placement. 

Read More »

How is technology disrupting athletic training?

The medical field is one that has seen significant impact from changes in technology over the last few years.  Athletic trainers, whether they work with a professional sports team, in a high school, or in a clinic, have seen the changes in technology first-hand and the ways it has impacted patient

Read More »

Athletic training trends you should definitely check out

Athletic training is a dynamic field; one that is always evolving to lead and sometimes follow the latest innovations and technologies.  As educators in the field, we help create, identify, and establish these trends by the research we perform and the practices we teach our students.  However, at the University of

Read More »
Athletic training quote

Why is a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training Essential?

If you’re considering a career in Athletic Training, congratulations!  You are launching into a fast-growing career field with a great deal of opportunities.  However, you may find yourself facing a lot of questions.  Do you need a master’s degree in Athletic Training, or a bachelors?  Is there such a thing as

Read More »
Athletic Training

Athletic Training or Exercise Science? Here’s what to Look for

We see a lot of students who struggle with the differences of exercise science vs athletic training, and with good reason!  These are related and intersecting fields.  Both support physically active populations, but in very different ways.  For example, graduates from an exercise science program and an athletic training program may

Read More »
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What to do after Masters in Athletic Training

Kyle North ATC, LAT As a recent graduate of a master’s in athletic training program, you may be wondering “what can you do with an athletic training degree?” As healthcare providers, athletic trainers are in a unique situation regarding their flexibility and where they can work. When we think of athletic

Read More »
Athletic Training Applied Learning Spaces

Importance of Having Athletic Trainers in High Schools

Dr. Matthew Smitley DAT, AT, ATC, SFMA It’s an unfortunate scene that plays out at High School sports fields, courts, and facilities. An athlete sustains an injury and a health care professional runs out to the field to help them… sometimes. A recent study found that over one third of all

Read More »

Skills and Knowledge Checklist for Becoming an Athletic Trainer

Athletic training is a growing field found at the intersection of active lifestyles and healthcare.  Athletic trainers support their patients in a variety of ways, such as emergency care, diagnosis, and rehabilitation.  They are also found in a variety of settings, from traditional settings in collegiate and professional sports teams, to

Read More »

Social Media: Boon or Bane for Athletic Trainers?

Like it or not, social media usage is on the rise.  We see it on our campus, in our clinic, and even in our classrooms.  While social media is often viewed as a distraction and hinderance (especially in our classrooms!), there are many social media tools available for athletic trainers and

Read More »

Know These 6 Effective Steps to Proper Communication in Athletic Training

Effective communication skills are a must for athletic-training graduates, and something we focus heavily on at the University of Idaho.  While things like injury treatment and prevention are more visible athletic trainer duties, empathetic communication is important also.  Unclear or ineffective communication can easily undermine an athletic trainers’ relationships with their

Read More »

Women in Athletic Training: An in-depth look

Since the first woman joined the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) in the early 1970s, the field has seen significant growth.  Here at the University of Idaho, we’ve mentored many women into their development as athletic trainers and have answered many questions specific to females entering the profession.  For example, what

Read More »

How Athletic Trainers Deal with Catastrophic Sports Injuries

One of the benefits of having an athletic trainer on-site for athletic competitions and practices is that they are available to diagnose and treat athletic injuries and illnesses immediately.  Often injuries are relatively small, short-lived, and patients can quickly return to their activity.  But what about catastrophic injuries?  How do athletic

Read More »

Bursting some common myths about athletic training

Athletic training is potentially one of the most misunderstood allied healthcare professions.  Some may even be surprised to learn that athletic trainers are healthcare professionals.  Who exactly are athletic trainers, and what do they do?  Read on to burst three common myths in athletic training. Myth: athletic trainers only use tape

Read More »

Are you an Athletic Training Major in the Making?

Found at the intersection of active lifestyles and healthcare, athletic training is a growing career field with ample job opportunities.  While many students find this prospect intriguing, they struggle with questions like “What is an athletic trainer’s job description?” and “What degree do you need to be an athletic trainer?”  Beyond

Read More »

The Importance of Industrial Athletic Trainers

Have you heard of an industrial athletic trainer?  You may know that athletic trainers have been steadily pushing outside of athletics, as other industries have discovered the benefits of having a highly trained healthcare provider on-staff.  Athletic trainer job settings are increasingly varied, with athletic trainers being found in doctor’s offices,

Read More »

How to Crack the BOC Athletic Training Exam

To become a board-certified athletic trainer, a candidate must first complete an entry-level athletic training education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  Earning the “ATC” credential is required to practice athletic training in 48 states. What is an entry-level athletic training degree? An entry-level athletic

Read More »

Athletic Training 101

Athletic trainers are highly trained healthcare professionals who, as part of a healthcare team, provide services such as primary care, injury and illness prevention, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic interventions and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses.  They specialize in the care and prevention of athletic injuries.  Athletic trainer responsibilities

Read More »

Popular Career Paths After an Athletic Training Degree

Athletic training is a growing field, with many graduates finding employment in new and emerging settings.  Athletic trainers have many opportunities to find a rewarding and fulfilling placement that fits with their interests and strengths. What do you learn in an athletic training program? Athletic trainers are medical professionals who help

Read More »

The Doctor in Athletic Training Program Can Transform Your Career

Athletic training education history The profession of athletic training has evolved over the last 25 years. Leading up to and during this period, athletic trainers were typically found in “traditional” settings such as secondary schools, colleges, and professional sports teams.  Bachelor’s degrees were the minimum education requirement which meant that many

Read More »

Top Five Unbeatable Athletic Training Qualities You Need to Know

At the intersection of emergency care, evaluation/diagnosis, and rehabilitation, athletic training creates opportunities not often seen in other allied health professions.  For example, athletic trainers can work closely with patients over long periods of time, developing relationships while providing personalized care.  There is also a lot of variety in job placement. 

Read More »

How is technology disrupting athletic training?

The medical field is one that has seen significant impact from changes in technology over the last few years.  Athletic trainers, whether they work with a professional sports team, in a high school, or in a clinic, have seen the changes in technology first-hand and the ways it has impacted patient

Read More »

Athletic training trends you should definitely check out

Athletic training is a dynamic field; one that is always evolving to lead and sometimes follow the latest innovations and technologies.  As educators in the field, we help create, identify, and establish these trends by the research we perform and the practices we teach our students.  However, at the University of

Read More »
Athletic training quote

Why is a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training Essential?

If you’re considering a career in Athletic Training, congratulations!  You are launching into a fast-growing career field with a great deal of opportunities.  However, you may find yourself facing a lot of questions.  Do you need a master’s degree in Athletic Training, or a bachelors?  Is there such a thing as

Read More »
Athletic Training

Athletic Training or Exercise Science? Here’s what to Look for

We see a lot of students who struggle with the differences of exercise science vs athletic training, and with good reason!  These are related and intersecting fields.  Both support physically active populations, but in very different ways.  For example, graduates from an exercise science program and an athletic training program may

Read More »
University of Idaho DAT program

What to do after Masters in Athletic Training

Kyle North ATC, LAT As a recent graduate of a master’s in athletic training program, you may be wondering “what can you do with an athletic training degree?” As healthcare providers, athletic trainers are in a unique situation regarding their flexibility and where they can work. When we think of athletic

Read More »
Athletic Training Applied Learning Spaces

Importance of Having Athletic Trainers in High Schools

Dr. Matthew Smitley DAT, AT, ATC, SFMA It’s an unfortunate scene that plays out at High School sports fields, courts, and facilities. An athlete sustains an injury and a health care professional runs out to the field to help them… sometimes. A recent study found that over one third of all

Read More »