The mission of the Bradley University Sports Medicine Department is to serve as the primary health care provider for all Bradley student-athletes and to facilitate access to other health care professionals as needed. The Athletic Training staff provides coverage for each team, their home events and many away contests.
The Bradley University Sports Medicine staff consists of five full-time athletic trainers – all certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). These five professionals work with the athletes on a daily basis and act as the liaison between the athletes and the following professional staff: three orthopedic surgeons, three internal medicine specialists, a dentist, an optometrist, a chiropractor and a physical therapist.
According to 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. To become a certified athletic trainer one must obtain a degree from a NATA accredited institution and then pass a certification test from the NATA.