Saint Joseph High School Athletics

Athletic Trainer: Chris Martin

Phone Number: (732) 549-7600 Ext. 240


What is an Athletic Trainer?

Athletic Training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals 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.

Students who want to become certified Athletic Trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum.  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.

Courtesy of the National Athletic Trainers Association

What's the difference between Athletic Training and Personal Training?

Athletic Trainers have a medical base and education, dealing with prevention, assessment, and rehabilition of muscloskeletal injuries.  Whereas personal trainers are not allied health care professionals and focus solely on fitness and conditioning. Furthermore, Athletic Trainers (who should never be referred to as “trainers”) also have higher educational and certification standards than personal trainers; they maintain certification through the Board of Certification, an organization independent of NATA (National Athletic Trainers Association). They have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, with 70% having a master’s or higher.

- NATA Press Release