What’s in a Name?

March 19, 2012

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.”  William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet


What’s in a name? How does 50 years of history sound? How about the hundreds and thousands of hours spent promoting the name and the profession? Do we really want to throw away the work that those before us put in to make athletic training the profession that it is today?

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) has put together a group to study this very idea. In Canada, our brothers and sisters in athletic healthcare use the title “Athletic Therapist” rather than athletic trainer. But here in the USA, we are Athletic Trainers. Haven’t we been pushing for correct terminology for several years? To me, changing names will ruin a lot of those bridges we have built, those relationships formed, and the awareness that has been created.

As athletic trainers, we are healthcare professionals. That would not change with a name changes as the quote says. But we will confuse people when they call us the “athletic trainer” or even just “trainer” and we correct them with a new name.

We are healthcare professionals. We are Athletic Trainers.

If you’d like to read more, you can visit the statement put out by the NATA here.

Every Athlete Deserves an Athletic Trainer

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