Athletic Trainer Timeline

  • Early Beginnings

    Athletic training first started in 1881 at Harvard University with the first ever athletic trainer, James Robinson. He didn't have any technical training, so he supplied rub downs.
  • Early Beginnings

    Sammuel Bilik, a mentor in the athletic training world at this time wrote the trainer's bible which provided information on the fundamentals of athletic training.
  • Significant Developments

    Post WWI, athletic training developed in the health field and the appearance of athletic trainers in collegiate sports came about.
  • Significant Associations/Organizations/Journal

    In the 1920s, the Cramer family jump started their chemical company.
  • Event

    In the 1930s, the first attempt of starting the National Athletic Trainers Association happened but failed during WWII
  • Changes in Technology and Education

    By 1932, the Cramers began publication of the first aider which is a newsletter that aided other athletic trainers by educating them.
  • Significant Associations/Organizations/Journals

    Formed in Kansas in the 1950s, another attempt to start the National Athletic Trainer Association occurred, this time a success. It works to develop and promote growth in the athletic training world.
  • Event

    First collegiate athletic training curriculum was approved (bellinhealth 2019).
  • Event

    The first certification process for the profession was introduced (bellinhealth 2019).
  • Changes in Technology and Education/Certification Requirements

    The Board of Certification emerged as a credentialing agency. Now, athletic trainers must pass the BOC exam before they become certified.
  • Event/Significant Development

    The American Medical Association recognized athletic training as an allied health profession.
  • Changes in Technology and Education/Certification Requirements

    NATA foundation was created. They determined skills that should be taught in credited athletic training programs. Some examples of this are evidence-based practice, acute care of injury and illness, etc.
  • Event

    To this present day, athletic trainers are highly qualified professions who work with physicians and are usually required to have a masters degree.