Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who prevent, evaluate, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate emergent, acute, and chronic injuries and illnesses in direct collaboration with a physician. Athletic trainers are employed at a variety of settings that include, but, are not limited to:
- Professional, Olympic, collegiate, interscholastic, and recreational sports
- Rehabilitation centers and clinics focused on sports medicine, orthopedics, cardiac rehabilitation, wellness, and neurological rehabilitation
- Physician practices
- Hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers
- Occupational health in industrial, manufacturing, and distribution centers
- Law enforcement and fire departments, branches of the military, NASA
- Performing arts including performance, dance, and acting
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the athletic training profession is projected to grow 19% between 2018 and 2028. This is much faster than the average growth for all occupations.
The athletic training program at UGA is a two-year, six-semester program that will prepare students to become highly skilled and confident healthcare practitioners in the profession of athletic training capable to practice in a variety of clinical settings.