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What does Education for ATCs entail?


Professional training education uses a competency-based approach in both the classroom and clinical settings. Using a medical-based education model, athletic training students are educated to provide comprehensive patient care in five domains of clinical practice: prevention; clinical evaluation and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care; treatment and rehabilitation; and organization and professional health and well-being. The educational requirements for CAATE-accredited athletic training education programs include acquisition of knowledge, skills and clinical abilities along with a broad scope of foundational behaviors of professional practice. Students complete an extensive clinical learning requirement that is embodied in the clinical integration proficiencies (professional, practice oriented outcomes) as identified in the Athletic Training Education Competencies (PDF).

ATC students receive formal instruction in the following specific subject matter areas identified in the Competencies:

        • Evidence-based practice
        • Prevention and health promotion
        • Clinical examination and diagnosis
        • Acute care of injury and illness
        • Therapeutic interventions
        • Psychosocial strategies and referral
        • Health care administration
        • Professional development and responsibility

Explore Our Education and Training Services - Pre-Season Clinics

At PlaySafe USA, our Athletic Trainers use their knowledge to benefit Athletic Directors, Coaches, and Team Managers by holding pre-season clinics to address new techniques, legislature, and emergency protocol that is frequently updated every year. These training sessions are communicated in advance and accompany a small fee for personnel to attend.