The athletic training program at St. Christopher’s provides care for our 6-12 grade student athletes. Our full-time athletic trainer is on site for all practices/home events, providing care for our Saints and our opponents.
What is an athletic trainer?
Athletic trainers are health care professionals certified by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA). They are also licensed by the Board of Medicine in many states, including Virginia. Athletic training is not synonymous with personal training. In order to become a certified athletic trainer (ATC), one must graduate with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the NATA Board of Certification. In addition, ATC’s are required to obtain 50 continuing education credits every two years and maintain current CPR certification.
Certified athletic trainers work closely with and under the direction of physicians. They are responsible for the prevention, evaluation/emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation of many different injuries and medical conditions. These health care professionals are a very necessary and vital component of a successful sports program.