We foster a culture that provides the opportunity to develop our student-athletes through success in academics and competition to achieve excellence in life.
|Integrity||We will act with integrity and personal accountability.|
|Education||We will educate each student-athlete with quality academic, competitive, leadership and social experience to build a sense of responsibility and foster an appreciation for life-long learning.|
|People||We will keep the well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff at the core of every decision.|
|Excellence||We will excel in performance, achievement, and service.|
|Respect||We will celebrate a climate of mutual respect and diversity by recognizing each individual’s contribution to the team.|
|Innovation||We will encourage innovation, develop a curious mindset and embrace change.|
|Community||We will enhance the lives of those in our university, city, and state communities by helping and paying forward to others.|
|Tradition||We will build upon our traditions which have been developed throughout our proud history.|
Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize patient and client activity and participation in athletics, work, and life. The practice of athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination and assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute, subacute, and chronic neuromusculoskeletal conditions and certain medical conditions in order to minimize subsequent impairments, functional limitations, disability, and societal limitations. Athletic trainers are the only health care professionals whose expertise in prevention ranges from minor sprains to catastrophic head and neck injuries and from minor illnesses to exertional heat syndrome. Athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals, and are under the allied health professions category as defined by Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Athletic trainers’ work in settings that include high schools, colleges, universities, professional sports teams, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, physicians’ offices, corporate and industrial institutions, the military, and the performing arts. Regardless of their practice setting, athletic trainers practice athletic training (or provide athletic training services) according to their education and state practice act.
To become certified athletic trainers, students must graduate with bachelors or masters degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers.
Athletic trainers participate in ongoing continuing education as part of professional practice requirements. This continuing education may result in the achievement of additional qualifications and enhanced skill sets.
As part of a complete health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches, and parents.