About - Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (MATS)


The Michigan Athletic Trainer’s Society is a professional membership organization for athletic trainers (AT), athletic training students, and others who seek to advance the profession of athletic training in the State of Michigan. Athletic training is a health care profession practiced by athletic trainers who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Athletic trainers are professionally equipped to provide health care in many different employment settings including, but not limited to, hospital and clinical rehabilitation settings, high school athletic and educational settings, collegiate athletic and educational settings, professional athletic settings, youth sports settings, physician offices, performing arts, industrial and occupational settings, public safety, physician extender settings, and military settings.

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum.  Academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program; 70 percent of ATs have a master’s degree. To become certified athletic trainers, students must graduate with bachelors or masters degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification. Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. Coursework needed for initial certification will include: 
  • Risk management and injury prevention
  • Pathology of injuries and illnesses
  • Orthopedic clinical examination and diagnosis
  • Medical conditions and disabilities
  • Acute care of injuries and illnesses
  • Therapeutic modalities
  • Conditioning, rehabilitative exercise and referral
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychosocial intervention and referral
  • Nutritional aspects of injuries and illnesses
  • Health care administration
Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. For more information on ATs and the profession of athletic training, please visit the WHO WE ARE page.


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