Meet our Athletic Trainers
What is an Athletic Trainer?
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are highly educated, multi-skilled, allied health care professionals, uniquely qualified to care for and treat physically active individuals and their injuries. ATs specialize in prevention, emergency care/assessment, clinical diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic Trainers must meet the qualifications set by the Board of Certification, Inc., and adhere to state licensing boards. Once certified, ATs must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. All Certified Athletic Trainers possess a minimum of a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree and more than 70 percent hold at least a Master’s Degree.
District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has pioneered the use of full-time athletic trainers nearly 28 years ago. DCPS currently employs 14 full-time Certified Athletic Trainers, one for nearly every high school in the district. Nationally, only 42% of high schools have access to an athletic trainer. DCPS Athletic Trainers are a knowledgeable group of professionals that have a minimum of 10 years experience in athletic training, and many have over 25 years experience. DCPS Athletic Trainers provide medical coverage for nearly all high school competitions and many middle school competitions.