Here are some differences between an athletic trainer and a personal trainer.
An athletic trainer is an expert at recognizing, treating and preventing musculoskeletal injuries. Athletic trainers practice under the direction of a physician and are members of a health care profession recognized by the American Medical Association. They meet qualifications set by the Board of Certification, and adhere to the requirements of a state licensing board.
A_personal trainer develops, monitors and changes an individual’s specific exercise program in a fitness or sports setting; some personal trainers also make nutrition recommendations.
Athletic trainer 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, clinics, hospitals, corporations, industry, military, performing arts.
Personal trainer 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 locations where fitness activities take place
Athletic trainer education requirements:
• Must obtain, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in athletic training
• Must pass a comprehensive exam to earn the ATC credential
• Must keep their knowledge and skills current by participating
in continuing education
Personal trainer education requirements:
Personal trainers can earn credentials through a number of agencies and can work as fitness trainers without formal instruction.
• May or may not have higher education in health sciences
• May or may not be required to obtain certification or state licensing
• May or may not participate in continuing education