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Athletic Trainers in the Media



I recently read an article about promoting your own profession “being proud of what you do". So for my blog, I felt inclined to spread the word about Athletic Trainers (again) and how they help the public. As Athletic Trainers, our job is frequently being confused with personal trainers as you may remember from my previous blog, so yet again I am attempting to do my part to dispel that confusion.

Each month the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) publishes a news magazine sent to each Certified Athletic Trainer. The following is information gathered/shared from several issues of the “NATA News.”

In an attempt to inform the public on what an Athletic Trainer is and does, the NATA has launched a new website aimed at the general public. The website is an online destination where people can get information about the practice of athletic training and sports safety.


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The Associated Press has recognized the name “Athletic Trainer” and added it to its style book which is “the gold standard used by media for proper punctuation, grammar and style” The NATA has been working with the AP for over a decade in hopes of adding the term to the book.

The definition reads “Athletic Trainer: Health care professionals who are licensed or otherwise regulated to work with athletes and physically active people to prevent, diagnose and treat injuries and other emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions including cardiac abnormalities and heat stroke. Specify where necessary to distinguish from personal trainers, who focus primarily on fitness.”

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In a push for proper recognition the NATA posted a reminder on the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) website for Super Bowl XLVIII in New Orleans. The intention was to remind the media to “consider the athletic trainers on each team vital for the role they play on the sidelines and on the field to ensure the health and safety of the athletes.”  The post also asked the media to use the term, athletic trainers not trainers.

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The NATA also makes a trek to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC each year on a multi-faceted attempt to institute legislature that supports Athletic Trainers and athlete health and safety. The focus this year was on the “Student Athlete Bill of Rights.” The bill proposed several “rights” each student athlete should be able to be protected by to ensure their safety. On February 15, 2013 the bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Jim Gerlach (PA-6) and Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-22). More information can be found on


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As many of us around New England watched runners stream down Boylston St. in Boston on April 15 2013, 55 certified athletic trainers and 70 students were treating runners who had just crossed the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. Everyone’s lives were quickly changed that day when two bombs went off feet from that celebrated finish line. No ones’ lives were changed more than the victims and runners of that day but also largely impacted were those who ran towards the blast zone; those fateful “first responders”.  Among those first responders were athletic trainers and the students who they teach at their college and universities who chose to volunteer for the experience of a life time. Unfortunately that experience of a life time was interrupted by devastation and destruction. Although they were trained for emergency situations none were prepared for what they came across that afternoon. Those athletic trainers acted in the moment and some even hurdled barriers to render care.

With each day that has passed since that horrible act, stories of heroism have emerged, about survivors and first responders. Everyone involved that day was lucky because as marathon medical coordinator Chris Troyanos said he had comprised “one of the most comprehensive medical teams in the world” to support the race. Also saying “there were more medical professionals in that spot that in any other place in the city that day. The plan in place to save runners ended up saving lives.”

--Resources- National Athletic Trainers Association (Logo) NATANews March 2013, NATANews July 2013 ,, Associated Press,


-- Texeira


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