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Category: Athletic Training

By Teddy Ogilvie
Student, College of Nursing and Health Care Professionals

This March is National Athletic Training Month. We want to promote and celebrate the profession of athletic training (AT) around the world. A proud sponsor of National Athletic Training Month is the National Athletic Training Association (NATA). NATA has more than 45,000 members world-wide and this month we want to celebrate all AT’s and their work. This year’s slogan is, “ATs Are Health Care.” ATs are not only health care providers to athletes, but also provide care to soldiers, workers and performers.

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Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions has been preparing students to fill evolving roles in health care for nearly 35 years. One of the many programs that we offer to help our students prepare to work as a highly qualified professional in a growing field is the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. GCU’s athletic training degree prepares you for the Board of Certification exam, and certified athletic trainers can work in many settings. Read on to learn about some career outcomes to consider after earning this degree.

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If you are passionate about anatomy and physiology, and you enjoy helping others, a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training may be the degree for you. Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses (“Athletic Trainers,” 2015).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow 21 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is must faster than the average for all occupations. Therefore, now is a great time to pursue a career in the field.

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By Michael McKenney MS, AT, CSCS
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

It has long been a personal professional goal of mine to serve the athletic population in an altruistic manner by volunteering with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).

In summer 2014, I began to take the initial steps toward accomplishing this goal. While working as an athletic trainer with my club lacrosse team in Colorado Springs, I visited the Olympic Training Center there and introduced myself to Ms. Jenna Street, the coordinator of sports medicine clinic operations. My conversations with Ms. Street strengthened my resolve to begin the lengthy application process for the sports medicine volunteer program with USOC. 

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By Brandon J. Warner, MEd, AT, ATC
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

What is an athletic trainer? An athletic trainer is an allied health professional trained in the following domains of medicine:

  • Injury and illness prevention and wellness protection
  • Clinical evaluation and diagnosis
  • Immediate and emergency care
  • Treatment and rehabilitation
  • Organizational and professional health and well-being
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