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Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. The NATA Code of Ethics states the principles of ethical behavior that should be followed in the practice of athletic training.

Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, 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, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree.

Who is Fairview's AT?

Paul LaDuke is a Colorado native growing up in Denver and Colorado Springs. He completed his Masters of Sports Science in Sports Medicine in 1994 and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Athletic Training at AT Still University School of Health Sciences. His plan is to complete the degree in December, 2018.

Paul has over 20 years of experience as an AT working with professional soccer, semi-professional basketball, and high school athletes. The last 15 years were working at a large high school in Pennsylvania. In 2016, he returned to CO to be close to family.

Paul is an avid weightlifter, competing and medaling at the USA Weightlifting Masters National Championships, the IWF Pan American Masters Championships, and the 2014 IWF Masters World Cup winning the bronze medal. He is also a USA Weightlifting National Coach and National level referee.

Education: Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education, Marantha Baptist University Master of Sports Science in Sports Medicine, United States Sports Academy Doctorate of Athletic Training, AT Still University School of Health Sciences

Certifications: Certified Athletic Trainer, National Athletic Trainer Association Board of Certification Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist


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