California Schools Short of Full-Time Athletic Trainers

High school athletic trainers are an important part of the student-athlete experience, providing services that enhance athlete safety that include preventive and emergency care. But in California, 80 percent of high schools don’t employ an athletic trainer full-time, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

California is unique in that it’s the only state that doesn’t require certification or licensing for people who call themselves athletic trainers.

“In California, anyone can say they are an ‘athletic trainer’ regardless of educational preparedness or skill,” Tom Abdenour, an athletic trainer with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors told the Union-Tribune. “Needless to say, this can put a young student-athlete at risk if the wrong person does the wrong thing at the wrong time.”

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