March 2013

AP adds definition of athletic trainer

The addition of an athletic trainer definition to the upcoming edition of the Associated Press (AP) stylebook will school reporters in the field’s nomenclature, differentiating athletic trainers from personal trainers, and improve on how the profession is referenced in print articles and broadcast segments, according to the National Athletic Trainers Association, which campaigned for the addition for years.

The print edition will be available in May; the AP has already added the definition to its online stylebook.

The section reads: “Athletic trainers: Health care professionals who are licensed or otherwise regulated to work with athletes and physically active people to prevent, diagnose and treat injuries and other emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions including cardiac abnormalities and heat stroke. Specify where necessary to distinguish from personal trainers, who focus primarily on fitness.”

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