WHY SHOULD I SEE AN ATHLETIC TRAINER FOR MY PERSONAL FITNESS AND EXERCISE PROGRAM?
An athletic trainer is a certified and licensed healthcare professional.
At Loehr Health Center, we have athletic trainers on our team to create personalized fitness plans. There are many similarities between an athletic trainer and a personal fitness coach.
Both types of fitness instructors create work-out plans with a variety of exercises designed to help you reach your health goals. The primary difference between an athletic trainer and a personal fitness trainer is in what type of environment they are working in.
Athletic trainers work with other healthcare providers (ex. chiropractors and medical doctors) to diagnose, treat, and prevent injuries. Often times, the individuals are patients referred to them to receive help rehabilitating muscles and other parts of the body. Because they are part of a medical team helping a patient with a clinical outcome, athletic trainers must receive specific training, be licensed by the state, and complete continuing healthcare education.
In some cases, personal fitness instructors may be certified by a third-party organization, but are not required to have any certifications, be licensed, or complete on-going education credits.