What is an ATC?


West Orange High School Athletic Medical Coverage Personnel

Dr. Matthew Hurbanis, M.D.  – Team Doctor and Orthopedic Surgeon

Alexandra Gianoli MAT, MS, LAT, ATC- Athletic Trainer

Matthew Laws, LAT, ATC – Athletic Trainer

Michael Taylor MS, LAT, ATC – Athletic Trainer

What is a Certified Athletic Trainer?

The Certified Athletic Trainer is a highly educated and skilled professional specializing in healthcare.  In cooperation with WOHS Team Orthopedic Doctor, the ATC functions as an integral member of the athletic healthcare team at WOHS, serving as a liaison between the parent, coach, overseeing physician and athlete. Athletic Trainers prefer to be called Athletic Trainers or A.T.’s to eliminate confusion between themselves and personal trainers.

What amount of education is required to be a Certified Athletic Trainer?

A.T.’s have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Their degrees are usually in Sports Medicine, Athletic Training, or Exercise Science.  In addition, athletic trainers study Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, and Psychology Counseling.  A.T.’s also participate in extensive clinical affiliations with athletic teams under appropriate supervision

What professional certifications are required to be a Certified Athletic Trainer?

Certified Athletic Trainers have fulfilled the requirements for certification established by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification, Inc. (NATABOC). The certification examination administered by the NATABOC consists of a written portion with multiples choice questions, a practical section that evaluated the skill components of the domains within athletic training related situations designed to approximate real-life decision making.  The last portion of the test evaluates athletic trainers’ ability to resolve cases similar to those they might encounter in practice.  

Are Athletic Trainers recognized in the State of Florida as valid Healthcare Providers?

Florida Statute,2001 Chapter 468.701, Part XIII, defines an athletic trainer as “ a person licensed and adequately trained to recognize, prevent, and treat physical injuries sustained during athletic activity”