Athletic Training History

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Section I: Athletic Training-History and Development The athletic training profession was created in the late nineteenth century, when college and secondary school athletics were established in the United States (Prentice, 2014). The profession has evolved immensely since it was first discovered. One of the most influential factors to the evolution of athletic training was the formation of The National Athletic Training Association (NATA) in 1950 (Perrin, 2007). Shortly after the NATA was formed, William E. Newell aided in the development of athletic training education programs (Delforge & Behnke, 1999). The first athletic training curriculum model was approved by the NATA in 1959, deriving from a physical education curriculum (Perrin, 2007).…show more content…
The athletic training profession involves prevention, examination and diagnosis, treatment, emergency care, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses (NATA, 2006). Employment opportunities for athletic trainers are very diverse, including colleges, universities, secondary schools, professional sports, industrial settings, hospitals, clinics, with law enforcement departments, and with government agencies (Prentice, 2014). Athletic trainers prevent injury by conducting pre-participation physical examinations (PPE), developing training and conditioning programs, taping, bracing, ensuring a safe playing environment for athletes by minimizing safety hazards, maintaining protective equipment, and educating others (Prentice, 2014). Athletic trainers also have administrative responsibilities, including record keeping and establishing policies and procedures (Prentice, 2014). Athletic trainers are often the first healthcare providers to arrive at the scene of an injury. When a patient is injured, the athletic trainer will collaborate with a physician to discuss treatment and design a rehabilitation program for the patient (Lockard, 2005). The athletic trainer will determine when the patient is ready to return to play. Lockard (2005) explains that athletic trainers are required to work…show more content…
Students are required to receive proper instruction in the following subject areas: 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, and professional development and responsibility (NATA, 2014). The ATEC is required within the athletic training curriculum in order to educate and prepare students for a successful career in athletic training (Prentice,

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