Physician Extender Setting


For more information on the Physician Extender Setting, contact Jen Kitano on the Committee on Practice Advancement .

Athletic trainers (ATs) are routinely employed in hospitals, clinics and orthopedic, family, pediatric, physiatry and sports medicine office practices. ATs working in these settings improve productivity, patient outcomes and satisfaction. They help move patients more effectively and efficiently through the appointment, evaluation and treatment process. By providing quality services to more patients in the same period of time, physicians are able to increase patient throughput and revenue generation. Today many physicians are choosing to hire athletic trainers as a part of their office staff. Athletic trainers provide value to the practice through skills in triage, taking patient histories, performing evaluations, providing instruction on exercise prescriptions, rehabilitation and general patient education.



Case Studies and Articles of Interest

Athletic Trainers - An Evaluation of Their Effect on Patient Throughput and Revenue Generation in a Primary Care Sports Medicine Practice

Evolution of an Athletic Trainer

The Growing Role of Athletic Trainers in Orthopaedics

Marketing Materials

Hiring a Certified Athletic Trainers as a Physician Extender (Brochure)

Marketing ATs as Physician Extenders to Sports Medicine Physicians


Other Resources

ATs: From the Sidelines to the Clinics Physician Extenders: PAs, NPs, and... Athletic Trainers? - By AAOS

AAOS Now - Physician Extender. "Surgeon on the Street: Do You Use Physician Extenders"

NATA News Release: With a National Health Care Shortage and Increased Need for Patient Care, Athletic Trainers Fill a Necessary Niche as "Physician Extenders"

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