Background/History

Athletic training was a profession that was organized by the NATA, or the National Athletic Training Association in 1950 during a meeting in Kansas City. They are classified as allied health care professionals who focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of acute and chronic medical conditions. The first recording of an “athletic trainer” was at Harvard University for their football team. This designated athletic trainer began to treat and rehabilitate athletes who had suffered injuries and wanted to return to play. Very quickly, athletic training evolved quickly all around the country in order to raise awareness for a profession that would aid athletes to stay healthy and return to play. Since it became such an advanced field of medicine, certifications began to be required for prospective students to practice athletic training.