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What is Athletic Training?

In short, athletic training (often known as sports medicine) can be described as the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions.

At Sports Recovery Annex, our Sports Medicine and Athletic Training services include the following:

  • Injury Evaluation
  • Digital Imaging
  • Functional Movement Screening (FMS)
  • Kinesiology Taping
  • Sports Stretching
  • Custom Orthotics

You can learn more about each of these unique athletic training services by visiting our Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Page.

What do Athletic Trainers Do?
Athletic trainers are qualified, multi-skilled healthcare professionals. Often the first healthcare providers on the scene when injuries occur, Athletic Trainers are able to recognize, evaluate, and assess injuries and provide immediate care when needed. As a part of the healthcare industry, the services Athletic Trainers can provide often include primary care, injury and illness prevention, emergent care, wellness promotion and education, examination and clinical diagnosis, as well as therapeutic services.

Often, athletic trainers are confused with personal trainers; however, there is a large difference. Unlike personal trainers, athletic trainers are considered to be healthcare workers. A major role of any athletic trainer, no matter their field, is to prevent and diagnose muscle/bone injuries. Athletic trainers work under a licensed physician and are involved with choosing treatment and recovery methods. In addition, athletic trainers are responsible for keeping up to date with laws and regulations.

The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree. Learn more about our professional and experienced Athletic Trainers by visiting our About Us page.

Book an Athletic Training Appointment in Jacksonville with a Certified Athletic Trainer

Our athletic training specialists at Sports Recovery Annex know that sports-related injuries need to be evaluated and treated quickly to get you back in action. We treat acute injuries, such as ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee and shoulder injuries, as well as overuse injuries, like tendinitis and stress fractures. Whether you’re a recreational athlete, student athlete or professional athlete, our certified athletic trainers will analyze your injury and create a custom treatment plan for a speedy recovery.

At Sports Recovery Annex in Jacksonville, Florida, we offer a wide array of athletic training sessions, including injury evaluation, digital imaging, kinesiology taping and more.

Sports Recovery Annex is a walk-in sports recovery facility that provides everyday athletes and professionals access to state-of-the-art recovery services in Jacksonville. Our highly trained medical team includes nationally certified athletic trainers, board-certified physicians, and support staff — all who will work diligently to keep you free from injuries and help you actively recover between workouts and competitions.

We are currently open during the COVID-19 pandemic with normal hours. We are actively monitoring the coronavirus and updates from the CDC closely. We are taking these COVID- 19 precautions to ensure the well-being of our staff and clients.

To learn more about our services, click Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Page or call us at a 904-613-3241 to book an athletic training session today!

What’s the Difference Between a Certified Athletic Trainer and a personal trainer?

Let’s Discuss Certified Athletic Trainers vs Personal Trainers

“Oh, I bet you’re in great shape!” “I need you to help me lose weight.” “Can you make me a workout plan?” Every Athletic Trainer has heard these statements and similar ones after first introducing themselves and their occupation. So, what is the difference between a Certified Athletic Trainer and a personal trainer? The terms are very similar, so it makes sense that people would be easily confused. Typically, my response is something like “Actually, you know those people that run out on the football field when someone gets hurts – that’s what I do.” It’s much easier to give an example than to try and explain everything that an AT is capable of because there’s so much!

An Athletic Trainer, as defined by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, is a highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professional who collaborates with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. In order to call yourself an AT you must graduate from an accredited master’s program, pass a board exam and in 49 states you are also required to be licensed in order to practice. AT’s must always have their CPR, First Aid and basic life support certification up to date and complete continuing education hours every year. All this to say that Athletic Trainers can do anything from perform chest compressions on a heart attack patient to taking a professional football player through an entire ACL rehabilitation process. In the past they were associated mainly with college and professional athletics, but these days they are employed by clinics, hospitals, performing arts companies, police and fire departments and even health departments in commercial settings.

A personal trainer is someone who works one-on-one with a client to implement a fitness regimen. They have an understanding of human anatomy and physiology and are great motivators. Personal trainers inspire their clients to reach for their goals and hold them accountable for their diet and routines outside of the gym. Personal trainers must pass an exam in order to practice and are obtain a certification. The top 5 certifications are from the American Council on Exercise, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, the International Sports Sciences Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Many of these courses require pre-requisite classes and a CPR and First Aid certification before even beginning them. Personal trainers are also required to complete continuing education hours.

Ultimately the best way to stay healthy and fit is to work with both types of professionals. One will make sure you are exercising properly and safely and the other can address any soreness or injuries you may incur while getting into shape.