Trainer Certifications: What They Mean and Why They’re Important

Here at Synergy we truly have an amazing and highly certified staff. Not only do all of Synergy’s staff members have a Bachelor’s degree, but some have gone on to get their Master’s degree as well. Additionally, there are many certifications they have received over the years to diversify and better their knowledge and abilities. This week we are looking at what those abbreviations after their name really mean and how those certifications allow our staff to offer a vast array of services.

ATHLETIC TRAINERS (AT)
Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions

Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skill set, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program. [1]

EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST (EP)
An exercise physiologist is an Allied Health professional who specializes in the benefits of exercise to help patients get fitter for all around good health, or to treat patients with a medical condition through exercise.

They are much more than an ordinary personal trainer at the gym. Exercise physiologists study at university and have a wide range of knowledge about the human body and the benefit that exercise has on it, both mentally and physically. [2]

CERTIFIED STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SPECIALIST (CSCS)
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. [3]

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists have an extensive knowledge of nutrition, training techniques and injury prevention methods. Compared to Certified Personal Trainers, CSCSs have tougher standards when it comes to certification. CSCS may also work as strength coaches, physical therapists and CPTs. [4]

LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST (LMT)
A massage therapist is someone who treats clients by using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments). With their touch, massage therapists relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of their clients.

Massage therapists can specialize in many different types of massage, called modalities. Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and sports massage are just a few examples of modalities. Most massage therapists specialize in several modalities, which require different techniques. Usually, the type of massage given depends on the client’s needs and physical condition. [5]

CERTIFIED KINESIO TAPING PRACTITIONER (CKTP)
A kinesio tape practitioner has been certified in the proper application of kinesiology tape. Kinesiology tape is a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive. It’s almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows it to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of your movement.

Therapeutic kinesiology tape can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions. It is used for treating athletic injuries and a variety of physical disorders. [6]
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[1] https://www.nata.org/about/athletic-training
[2] https://healthtimes.com.au/…/what-is-an-exercise-physi…/577/
[3] https://www.nsca.com/Certification/CSCS/
[4] http://www.livestrong.com/…/393391-certified-personal-trai…/
[5] https://www.sokanu.com/careers/massage-therapist/
[6] http://physioworks.com.au/Injuries-Con…/…/Kinesiology_Taping