Athletic training combines the love of sports medicine as well as the science of exercise. The study of athletic training can lead to a career as a certified athletic trainer. Athletic training is not the same thing as personal training. Certified athletic trainers work in universities, high schools, professional sports, clinics, hospitals, performing arts, the military and other settings. The majority of certified athletic trainers go on to pursue a graduate degree.

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  • Professional Associations are where the industry of the major gather together
  • Many have student chapters you can join while in college
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Student Associations

The mission of the National Athletic Trainers Association is to enhance the quality of health care provided by certified athletic trainers and to advance the athletic training profession. Visit
The mission of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the principal membership organization representing and promoting the profession of physical therapy Visit
As the premier medical society for the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation, AAPM&R is the only organization exclusively serving the needs of practicing PM&R physicians. Visit
An organization that brings the latest technology to the orthopedic surgeon by instructional courses, hands on motor skills labs, and scientific paper presentations at annual meetings. Visit
Founded in 1928, the IFSM is an organization made up of the national sports medicine associations of over 100 countries. Visit
(NASPEM), the web site for information regarding physical activity and exercise in children and adolescents. Visit
The ORS supports research in orthopedic and musculoskeletal medicine, sponsors educational activities and disseminates knowledge in these fields. Visit
The association of medical doctors who specialize in foot and ankle care have a great site on the net. Visit
The mission of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the principal membership organization representing and promoting the profession of physical therapy. Visit
The organization focus on finding ways to reduce sports related injuries and speed the rehabilitation of injured athletes. Visit