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Thank a Trainer Today

It’s National Athletic Trainer Month, so do a few reps of “thank you” to the individuals who devote themselves to keeping you healthy.

There’s a big difference between two professions we often associate with wellness.

Here are the key definitions of Athletic Trainer and Personal Trainer

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses   
They are trained to recognize, treat and prevent musculoskeletal injuries

Personal trainers work with clients to achieve fitness goals
Both types of trainers can have a place in your fitness program.

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association represents and supports 32,000 members of the athletic training profession

Athletic Trainers
must adhere to standards of professional practice. A national certifying agency sets qualifications including:
•   Bachelor’s degree in athletic training (at minimum)
•   Participation in continuing education
•   Compliance with a national code of ethics
•   Approved by State Licensing Boards  
•   Practice under the direction of a physician

Common daily duties:
•   Provide physical medicine and rehabilitation services
•   Prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries (acute and chronic)
•   Coordinate care with physicians and other health care professionals
•   Work in schools, colleges, professional sports, medical clinics, hospitals, corporate and industrial settings, military, performing arts groups

Want to learn more?
•   Visit the National Athletic Trainers’ Association at

A personal trainer develops, monitors and changes an individual’s specific exercise program, primarily in a fitness or sports setting

Personal trainers can earn credentials through a number of agencies with varying requirements for education and performance
•   Many states have no formal instruction or certification requirement; some states require licensing
•   No higher education in health sciences is required
•   Continuing education may or may not be required

Common daily duties:
•   Assess fitness needs and design appropriate exercise regimens
•   Work with clients to achieve fitness goals
•   Help educate the public on the importance of physical activity
•   Work in health clubs, wellness centers and other fitness oriented locations
•   Some personal trainers also make nutrition recommendations

Want to learn more?
•   Visit the National Aerobics & Fitness Trainers Association at

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