What's the difference between a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Personal Trainer?

What's the difference between a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Personal Trainer?

You may be familiar with the term “trainer,” often used to generally describe fitness or sports professionals. What you might not know is that there are different types of trainers, and their job descriptions don’t look much alike.

Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) and Personal Trainers (CPT) often get lumped together. As both professions increase in popularity, it’s important to be able to differentiate between the two. For one thing, the term “athletic trainer” is actually used in state and federal law to describe the profession.

So how do you tell the difference between an ATC and a CPT? Let's take a look at some of the differences between the two.

Certified Athletic Trainer

Job description: Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who work under the direction of a licensed physician to provide preventative services, clinical diagnosis, emergency care, therapeutic intervention and injury rehabilitation.

Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher in Athletic Training.

Licensure: 47 states require certification from Board of Certification (BOC).

Clients: Athletic trainers work with high school, college and professional sports teams, dancers and musicians.

Work environment: You'll typically find Athletic Trainers working in physician extenders, military bases, performing arts facilities, hospitals and high schools.

Personal Trainer

Job description: Personal trainers are certified fitness professionals who develop and implement fitness programs for clients who have no apparent physical limitations or who have received medical clearance to exercise.

Education: A four-year degree in kinesiology, exercise physiology or another exercise-related field is preferred, but not required.

Licensure: No licensure is required. However, Personal Trainer Certification is a requirement.

Clients: Personal trainers can instruct healthy individuals of all ages.

Work environment: You’ll typically find personal trainers working in gyms, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, private practices and in clients’ homes.

Posted: 8/03/2015 by Goshen Health
Filed under: athletic, exercise, personal, trainer

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