What is Athletic Training?

Athletic trainers are Certified and Licensed (in Kansas) health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training is practiced by Athletic Trainers and encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

Athletic training is not the same profession as personal training. Certified athletic trainers work with more than just athletes – they can be found just about anywhere that people are physically active.

  • Secondary schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Professional sports
  • Hospitals, clinics, physician offices and sports medicine clinics
  • Military and law enforcement
  • Industrial and commercial
  • Performing arts

Professional Organizations:
National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) http://www.nata.org

Board of Certification (BOC) http://www.bocatc.org

Mid America Athletic Trainers Association (MAATA) http://maata.net

Kansas Athletic Trainers Society (KATS) http://ksathletictrainers.org

Parent/General Public Information http://athletictrainers.org

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum (bachelor or master’s) and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree. Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified.

Accredited Kansas Colleges

Benedictine CollegeUndergraduate
Bethany CollegeUndergraduate
Bethel CollegeUndergraduate
Emporia State UniversityUndergraduate
Fort Hays State UniversityUndergraduate
Kansas State UniversityUndergraduate
Kansas Wesleyan UniversityUndergraduate
MidAmerica Nazarene University Undergraduate
Southwestern CollegeUndergraduate
Sterling CollegeUndergraduate
Tabor CollegeUndergraduate
University of KansasUndergraduate
Washburn UniversityUndergraduate
Wichita State UniversityUndergraduate
About Steve Zimmerman

Steve Zimmerman, MS, LAT, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer: After growing up in northern Seward County and graduating from Sublette High School, Steve attended Garden City Community College where he received an Associates of Science degree. He then attended Washburn University and graduated in December 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with concentrations in Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology. After graduating Steve worked a short stint at Coffeyville Community College. In the summer of 1998 he became a Certified Athletic Trainer and began his Master’s Program at Fort Hays State University while working for High Plains Sports Medicine as an Outreach Athletic Trainer. Steve then returned to his alma mater of GCCC in 1999 to work as the assistant athletic trainer, completing his Masters of Science degree in August of 2000. Steve returned to Hays in August of 2002 to work for Hays Medical Center as a clinical and outreach Athletic Trainer covering local and area schools. In the summer of 2005, Dr. Michael Baughman of Sandhill Orthopaedic and Sportsmedicine contacted Steve with the opportunity to return to southwest Kansas and cover LHS and other area schools as an outreach Athletic Trainer during the 2005-2006 school year. In May of 2006 the USD #480 Administration and School Board voted unanimously to hire Steve full time and he has been employed with the district since that time. Steve married his wife Amy in 2000. They have two children; daughter Braegan and son Cooper.