The University of Iowa

Athletic Training

Image of a Health and Human Physiology studentAthletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention with exercise and treatment of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Athletic trainers work with active patients, including athletes, to help prevent injuries, offer advice about appropriate equipment, recognize and evaluate injuries, administer emergency treatment, and determine need for specialized medical care. Athletic trainers also work as members of health care teams involved in postinjury rehabilitation.

Degrees Available

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Athletic Training

Career Options

  • Private physical therapy or medical clinics and hospital clinics, especially with outreach to area schools
  • High school or college athletic training services, some with teaching
  • Private practice, recreation and fitness centers
  • Other position options (e.g., within college, university, professional, corporate and industrial settings, military, and the arts) usually require advanced education and skills

Athletic Training Faculty