DALLAS, November 5, 2004 – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), a not-for-profit organization representing and supporting 30,000 members of the athletic training profession, supports Allied Health Professions Week, which will be celebrated November 7 to 13, 2004, to honor health care providers working in the more than 80 allied health professions. Constituting approximately 60 percent of all health care providers, allied health practitioners, including certified athletic trainers, physician assistants, medical technologists, and respiratory therapists, among others, influence health care delivery by supporting, facilitating, and complementing the roles of physicians and other health care specialists. This collaboration, which emphasizes the strengths of all health professions, is enhancing the quality of care in this country and abroad. "There is a real shortage of people entering allied health professions,” according to Cate Brennan Lisak, director of external affairs for NATA. “Currently, the balance of athletic training students to number of academic program slots is in balance,” says Lisak. “However, there is a real possibility that we’ll see a shortage of students entering athletic training because of a lack of emphasis on math and science at the high school level. Additionally, we expect the demand for athletic trainers to increase because of shortages of physical medicine and rehabilitation therapists. The demand for these services are expected to increase as the Baby Boomers age.” Today’s health care environment finds allied health professionals employed in public and private sectors - not only in hospitals but also in clinics, laboratories, nursing homes, mental health facilities, private medical practices, research institutions, public health services, and pharmaceutical companies. Allied health personnel are also employed in industry, where they administer basic health care and emergency first aid to workers, inspect equipment and assure that safe work practices are followed. Certified athletic trainers are particularly qualified to provide services to people in occupational and industrial settings. Additionally, these professionals may act as technical advisors and representatives in the manufacturing and marketing of medical equipment and supplies. For more information, visit www.healthprofnet.org
About the NATA: Certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are unique health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur to athletes and the physically active. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 30,000 members of the athletic training profession through education and research.