The Certified Athletic Trainer

The certified athletic trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in athletic healthcare. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health professionals, the athletic trainer is equipped to care for all athlets in secondary schools, colleges, universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs, and other athletic healthcare settings. ATC's who are hired by school systems ensure students receive professional academic instruction in the classroom and quality health care in athletic endeavors.

MoHS is fortunate to be one of the few schools with 2 ATCs, Reid Takano and Cynthia Shimoda.


Certified athletic trainers hold, at minimum, a bachelor's degree. Athletic trainers study human anatomy, human physiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, pharmacology, nutrition, and psychology/counseling. Certified athletic trainers are required to maintain 50 credit CEU's, per every 2 years, to maintain their certification.

Certified athletic trainers have fulfilled the requirements for certification established by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC). The certification examination administered by NATABOC consists of a written portion with multiple choice questions, an oral/practical section that evaluates the skill components of the domains within athletic training, and a written simulation test, consisting of athletic training related situations designed to approximate real-life decision making. This last portion of the test evaluates the candidate's ability to resolve cases similar to those they might encounter in actual practice. The examination covers a variety of topics within the six practice domains of athletic training:

Once athletic trainers pass the certification examination to prove their skills and knowledge within each of the six domains, they are awarded the designation "ATC."

Related skills that ATC's use are as follows:

A Typical Day

The typical day for a certified athletic trainer varies with the level of competition; employment setting: traditional, clinical, industrial, corporate and other institutional requirements. Before practice, the athletic trainer tapes, bandages, wraps, braces, monitors rehabilitation and completes similar preventive measures. During practice, the athletic trainer evaluates injuries and determines whether to refer athletes to a physician or manage minor injuries. The athletic trainer must ensure continual communication between the injured athlete, athletic director, physician, coach, and family on when and how the athlete can return to practice and competition. As specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and rehabilitation of injuries incurred by athletes, athletic trainers administer immediate emergency care and under the supervision of a licensed physician. They use their knowledge of the injuries and the factors influencing them to develop a treatment program based on exercise, and sports sciences.


Female Athletic Trainers

Although athletic training was once considered a male-dominated profession, more than 40 percent of all members of the National Athletic Trainers' Association are women. As of January 1990, more than half of the athletic trainers certified by the NATA have been women.