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Physical therapist-Athletic trainer???This is an oxymoron.
Physical therapists are professionals! Athletic trainers take a weekend course and think they are professionals.
Signed,A concerned PT

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  1. : I am a Physical Therapist first and a Licensed and Certified Athletic trainer second. If you want to sit down and discuss the 1500 hours of rigorous on sight/on the field training I had to do under the supervision of a certified trainer, then sit for a oral, practice and written exam to be certified, call. Therapy school in now way prepared me for treating acute injuries as athletic training did. I treat all my patients as if they were athletes, something I would not be able to do successfully without being a trainer. Athletic trainers are diverse in the areas they can work, from a High School setting to a Private Practice as my own. It is obvious that you are very closed minded in your thinking of other health care professionals and probably that way with your patients. Go watch trainers work at a college level football game or a Rodeo or IRL event. Then call me and I will get you the number for the National Athletic Trainers Association so you too can become a PT/ATC.I am a Physical Therapist and wish I had the guts and time to put into getting my ATC; knowing there is much to know about the specialized area of athletic training. These people work long and hard to earn their deserved and respected titles.

  2. I am a Physical Therapist first and a Licensed and Certified Athletic trainer second. If you want to sit down and discuss the 1500 hours of rigorous on sight/on the field training I had to do under the supervision of a certified trainer, then sit for a oral, practice and written exam to be certified, call. Therapy school in now way prepared me for treating acute injuries as athletic training did. I treat all my patients as if they were athletes, something I would not be able to do successfully without being a trainer. Athletic trainers are diverse in the areas they can work, from a High School setting to a Private Practice as my own. It is obvious that you are very closed minded in your thinking of other health care professionals and probably that way with your patients. Go watch trainers work at a college level football game or a Rodeo or IRL event. Then call me and I will get you the number for the National Athletic Trainers Association so you too can become a PT/ATC.

  3. I believe part of being a professional is not going out of one’s way to knock another person’s occupation, whether you like their occupation or not. And no, I’m not an AT.

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