Services provided by a licensed athletic trainer may include, but are not limited to: (1) plan and implement a comprehensive athletic injury and illness prevention program; (2) conduct an initial assessment of an athlete's injury or illness and formulate an impression of the injury or illness in order to provide emergency or continued care and refer to a physician for definitive diagnosis and treatment, if appropriate; (3) administer first aid and emergency care for acute athletic injuries and illnesses; (4) coordinate, plan, and implement a comprehensive rehabilitation program for athletic injuries; (5) coordinate, plan, and supervise all administrative components of an athletic training or sports medicine program; (6) provide health care information and counsel athletes; and (7) conduct research and provide instruction on subject matter related to athletic training or sports medicine.
Before games and sporting events, a licensed athletic trainer carries out injury prevention measures (such as the application of protective devices) to minimize the risk of injury during play. When an athlete is injured, a licensed athletic trainer provides emergency care and/or refers the athlete to a physician or hospital if necessary. When an injured athlete needs rehabilitation before they can return to play, a licensed athletic trainer sets up or carries out the rehabilitation plan.
Athletic training services may be provided in any setting. These settings include, but are not limited to, high schools, colleges or universities, professional or amateur athletic organizations, athletic facilities, and health care facilities. Licensed athletic trainers provide health care services under the direction of the treating physician.
A person must hold a license to practice athletic training or to hold him- or herself out as an athletic trainer. A person must hold a license when employed as an athletic trainer. A teaching certificate does not authorize a person to practice athletic training in Texas. National certification as an athletic trainer does not authorize a person to practice athletic training in Texas. National certification as a personal trainer, exercise trainer, or a strength and conditioning specialist does not authorize a person to practice athletic training in Texas.