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Athletic Trainers Expand their International Reach

Pictured are, from left, BOC President Susan McGowen,
CATA President Richard DeMont and ARTI President Paul Berry.

Athletic Trainers and Athletic Therapists from the US, Canada and Ireland will now be able to obtain credentials in each other’s countries more easily, thanks to an agreement signed last week by the BOC and its Canadian and Irish peer organizations.

Representatives from the BOC, Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA), Athletic Rehabilitation Therapists of Ireland (ARTI) convened at a Dublin conference to sign the international mutual recognition agreement (MRA) September 4, 2014. Under the agreement, the national certification bodies for athletic training and athletic therapy in all three countries will recognize each other’s education and certification standards.

“We have very strict standards by which we certify our Athletic Trainers,” said Susan McGowen, President of the BOC. “ATs’ skills are in demand worldwide and this just makes it easier for them to work where they want to go. We are working collaboratively by removing barriers for qualified professionals to reach the top of their profession.”

The MRA, signed at the Joint Ireland Faculty of Sports Exercise Medicine and World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT) Conference, allows for a certified professional in one country to practice in another signatory nation following the successful completion of the respective nation’s examination.

Expanding upon a mutual recognition agreement signed in 2005 by the BOC and the CATA, this new agreement ensures common recognition among those organizations and ARTI, their peer organization in Ireland.

“As standards continue to align globally, the Board of Certification, in cooperation with our current partners and the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy, look forward to future agreements with other organizations of like-minded professionals around the world dedicated to the prevention and care of injuries to the physically active individual,” McGowen said.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Denise Fandel, BOC Executive Director at (402) 559-0091.

About the BOC and Certified Athletic Trainers
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Students who want to become Certified ATs 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.

The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) was incorporated in 1989 to provide a certification program for entry-level ATs. The BOC writes the national exam, establishes and regularly reviews both the standards for the practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements for BOC Certified ATs. The BOC now serves over 43,000 Certified ATs.