Difference Between A Physical Therapist and A Physical Trainer

People are often debating whether they should be a physical therapist or a personal trainer. Some people think that they are one and the same.

Let us discuss the difference between these two professions.

First let’s find out what a physical or an atheletic trainer is. An article from nata.org would explain it better than me.

What is athletic training?
Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession. View the full article here.

That should have given you some insight as to what the a trainer is. But some of you still might be confused what the actual difference between a trainer and a therapist is. The following article by Aurelio Locsin from work.chron.com should clear up your doubts regarding this topic.

In college football arenas, beach volleyball lots or elementary school playgrounds, athletes engaged in competition and play can pull a shoulder or break an ankle. Both athletic trainers and physical therapists can treat these injuries without resorting to invasive and expensive surgery. However, because of their differences in training, their areas of focus vary, and so do their salaries. Read more about this topic here.

That should have cleared out amy misconceptions and drawn parallels to understand the differences. But I personally find it more satisfying when someone who has done both the activities or has vast knowledge about them explains such things to me.

Now that you are satisfied with the job descriptions of each of these, I am sure you are motivated enough to consider one of these as a career path. But you must be wondering what are the education requirements to be a physcial therapist? Or how to be a physical trainer? Stay tuned for more information on these topics.