The underlying philosophy for the Sports Medicine Department is the health care needs of the student-athlete shall be the first consideration for the members of the Sports Medicine Staff. Furthermore, we expect the athletic trainers who will be providing these services to maintain the highest standards of quality consistent with the National Athletic Trainers' Association Code of Professional Practice, the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook, the athletic training licensing statutes of the State of Iowa, and the Operating Guidelines/Procedures & Standing orders for medical care established by the Iowa State University Athletic Health Care Staff. We are committed to ongoing evaluation of our sports medicine and educational services so that our student-athletes can be assured of the highest quality in care. Furthermore, we are committed to addressing problems and concerns in a timely manner so the needs of our student-athletes and athletic training students can be met. It is our intention to support the program with human, financial, and facility resources necessary to accomplish the stated goals of the program.
The Iowa State University Sports Medicine Department delivers traditional athletic training services to the student-athletes of Iowa State University, and delivers educational services to the athletic training students seeking to enter the profession of athletic training through our CAATE accredited athletic training program. In addition, whenever possible, we will strive to integrate education about athletic injuries and physical fitness to the student-athletes of Iowa State University so they may be empowered to lead healthier injury-free lifestyles. We are committed to using the most recent advances in technology and continuing education services needed for delivery of these services.
Certified Athletic Trainers are medical professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries to athletes and others who are engaged in everyday physical activities. To gain certification, candidates must graduate from a CAATE accredited Athletic Training Program and successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Many states also have licensure requirements to practice athletic training.