An athletic trainer certified (ATC) physical therapist or physical therapy assistant has continued their education in the field of sports medicine. To become an athletic trainer one must have a degree from an accredited professional level education program and then sit for and pass the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. The ATC care provider works in cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel. Someone with an ATC is also certified in CPR and has additional experience and knowledge in emergency care standards. They are qualified to help you prevent and recover from sports injuries.
As direct-access care providers, you do not need a referral to see a physical therapist.