Category: Athletic Training


Attention Athletic Trainers!


2017 Is An Atheltic Training Reporting Year - All Requirements Are DUE 12/31/20

In accordance with the BOC guidelines, athletic Trainers certified in 2015 or before must complete 50 CEUs, which must include at least 10 Evidence Based Practice (EBP) CEUs.  Complete 40 of those contact hours with BOC Approved Category A continuing education courses offered by Milestone CE.

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May is for Moving!


National Physical Fitness and Sports MonthAlthough personal trainers focus on fitness year-round, May is National Physical Fitness and Sports month. National Physical Fitness and Sports month is a government initiative offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and promoted by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. With obesity rates steadily rising, the push to get America moving is growing stronger.

This initiative is designed to remind and encourage children, adults and seniors to get adequate exercise each week and include it as part of a balanced life. National Physical Fitness and Sports month emphasizes the importance of exercise as a means of disease prevention, wellness and overall optimal health. With past faced lives and numerous commitments, Americans often forget that integrating small changes can easily increase weekly exercise.

Trainers can seize this opportunity to remind clients of the importance of regular strength training and cardiovascular conditioning and “celebrate” National Physical Fitness and Sports month with the following ideas:

· Switch up your training sessions for something new. Incorporate a new piece of equipment or a new method of training like cardio intervals, drop sets or Tabata intervals. Find new ideas on the internet or learn a new modality through a continuing personal training education course.

· Teach your clients how to “play.” Hold your session at a playground and remind them how much fun it is to climb in, around and through playground equipment. This is an excellent opportunity to remind clients that exercise doesn’t have to be scheduled and organized. Spontaneous play is excellent for the mind and body!

· Get the whole family involved – invite them to your client’s next session and make exercise a family affair.

· Contact a senior center to see about offering an exercise-positive seminar or class. You’ll positively influence the senior segment and increase your training visibility. In a similar vein, contact local schools or after school programs and offer to host an exercise clinic.

· Offer your clients a “bonus” group exercise activity like a nature hike or a circuit course in a local hike. Group exercise is an excellent means of trying something new and creating morale.

· Incorporate a five-minute segment into each session to teach clients about a specific muscle group or joint. Increasing client anatomical awareness aids in client understanding of joint functionality and overall safety.

· Use your social media accounts to offer a daily inspiration, exercise or short cardio circuit.

· Challenge your clients using ChallengeLoop to commit to specific amount of exercise per day or per week. Offer a free session or a prize for the winning client. Alternatively, find an appropriate challenge and participate alongside your client(s).

· Use May as the kick-off point for client assessments. Conduct a full battery on client abilities including cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility. Retest in three months to track progress and improvements.

Use this month to invigorate client programming and spark interest in new ways to incorporate fitness into daily life. Clients are often bombarded with information about health and fitness but you can use your expertise to separate the sensation from reality. Get moving!


Training Athletes: How and Why It's Different


Athletic Trainer Continuing Education CEUsTraining athletes goes well beyond standard crunches, push-ups, and squats. Coaching athletes requires an intimate knowledge of their sport, the biomechanics involved and the type of nutrition required for optimal performance and recovery. Training programs vary by sport and trainers must grasp the specific movements associated with each sport.

A brief overview of key factors associated with athlete-specific training:

Football – Known for sheer mass, football players require heavy weight lifting and explosive cardio training. Concentrate on training large muscle groups and using a heavy weight/low repetition plan. Cardio should focus on short sprinting intervals with intermittent periods of rest. Strong core training is essential to maintain balance on the field.

Basketball – Evasive moves are a key element of basketball and players must have the biomechanical strength to move laterally and quickly. Aerobic capacity is also critical because of game length. Mass isn’t important but speed is. Explosive exercises like box jumps, clapping push-ups and kettlebell swings build up fast twitch muscles needed for abrupt and nimble movements.

Running – Training programs depend on whether your client is a sprinter or a marathoner. Sprinters need power from solid muscle mass while marathoners require steady state aerobic training to ensure they’ll be able to go the distance. Assess your client’s current abilities and examine their goals before designing a training program.

Cycling – Although it seems like leg strength is the real star of cycling, it’s actually the core. Core stabilization is key to delegate strength where it’s needed most. Cross training is essential for cyclists because training rides tend to be long and specific muscle groups are at risk for overuse. Implement alternative cardio sources (and other forms of exercise) to prevent overuse injuries and strengthen the entire body.

Hockey – Hockey is unique in that it encompasses nearly all of the elements mentioned above – explosive strength, speed and stabilization. Core flexibility is necessary in order to have the best range of motion on the ice. Interval sprints should be incorporated to increase the athlete’s anaerobic threshold.

Soccer – Because soccer games can be lengthy, endurance training is particularly important for soccer players. Explosive power is also a key element of soccer and plyometric training should be part of a soccer player’s training program. Functional training in addition to speed and agility drills are essential components of sport-specific training that translates to the field.

Tennis – Tennis is a full-body sport – nearly all muscles are engaged during a tennis game. A strong core is necessary to keep the body stable while moving across the court and to more evenly distribute effort required for swings. Strong shoulders and biceps help reduce the possibility of being sidelined with “tennis elbow.” Balance training is also fundamental for strong tennis skills.

Most sports require some type of periodization training. On-season training will differ from off-season training and athletes must accept that agility and muscle loss may occur as part of keeping the body in peak shape during sport season. Cycling the athlete through training periods keeps them in peak condition for their sport and reduces the chance of injury or overuse. Athletic training continuing education courses are available to help you coach your clients to success!


CE Courses for Athletic Trainers


National Athletic Training Month NATM2015Are you an early bird (or do you aspire to be one)? Well now is your chance to get off to a great start - at least where your Category A CE courses are concerned! Milestone's athletic trainer catalog is stocked with more than 330 hours of online course content that is ready to equip you for career advancement. For the first official week of Nation Athletic Training Month (#NATM2015) we're encouraging ATs to start on their continuing education early so they can get back to helping athletes perform at their best! Click on the titles for details course descriptions!

Joint Range of Motion in Muscle Length Testing

  • Total Hours: 30 - This course consists of three 10 hour modules starting at $124

Pathology & Intervention in Musculoskeletal Rehab

  • Total Hours: 70 - This course consists of seven 10 hour modules starting at $129

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

  • Total Hours: 50 - This course offers modules at 3, 5, 7, and 10 hours starting at $39

Imaging in Rehabilitation

  • Total Hours: 20 - This course offers two 10 hour modules starting at $124

The Athlete's Shoulder

  • Total Hours: 60 - This course offers six 10 hour modules starting at $144


  • Total Hours: 40 - This course offers four 10 hour modules starting at $124

Athletic & Sport Issues in Musculoskeletal Rehab

  • Total Hours: 64 - This course consists of eight modules ranging from 8 to 10 hours, starting at $103

Milestone is a proud Approved Provider (P8382) of continuing education for athletic trainers, and was the BOC's Featured Approved Provider for the Fall 2013 AP Update.

Athletic Trainer Continuing Education


Online Continuing Education for Athletic Trainers - BOC ApprovedLet's start the "CE Season" off right with savings designed with YOU in mind!

Right now when you purchase 20 hours from Milestone's online or mail order Course Catalog you can receive a FREE 10 hour module of your choice! That's 30 hours for the price of 20! It's pays not to procrastinate. If you're interested in this special limited time offer, please contact: 1-800-709-8820 (toll-free).

When was the last time you reviewed the Board of Certification's requirements for license renewal? ("Not since last year!" Is that joke getting old yet?). This post will review the basics of the national requirement and provide you with a game plan for success during this year's CE season. Let's get started!

There are essentially 5 different sub-types of athletic trainer continuing education that make up the total requirement of 50 hours. Evidence Based Practice (EBP) programs makes up 10 of the total number of hours. Then there are the 4 Categories: A) BOC Approved Provider Programs (like Milestone Continuing Education, P8382) of which a practitioner can gain up to 40 hours; B) Professional and Scholarly Activities, like speaking at a conference (the hours gained with this category vary by activity) up to 33 hours may be obtained from this category; C) Post Certification College/University Coursework, of which up to 40 CEUs may be gained; D) Non-BOC Approved Programs, like videos and webinars, of which up to 28 hours may be counted towards the overall 50 hour total. The deadline to choose your categories, complete your coursework, and submit your hours is December 31st.

Here at Milestone we propose a game plan to help simplify your year but keep you at peak professional performance. Start by purchasing your CE courses early. At Milestone you can download your course modules and gain immediate access to your study materials, or revisit them throughout the year it's convenient for you. As an approved provider, Milestone courses fall under Category A, so you can purchase your 40 hours with a few easy clicks! There's no time like the present. Get started now.


Sport Specific Training & Nutrition


Continuing Education CEU courses for NSCA certified personal trainers and cscsYou wouldn’t take a chemistry test without preparing for it, nor would you learn to drive while taking your driving test. Participating in sports without the conditioning, training and nutrition to back it up is much the same way. The human body utilizes muscularity and coordination in various ways to achieve sport-specific movements and power. Incredible core strength is necessary for golf, quick reflexes are necessary for soccer and lower body conditioning is crucial for cycling.

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a sport devotee, sport-specific training is essential to prevent injuries, solidify your skills and maintain muscular balance. Some certified personal trainers specialize in sport-specific training. Prior to beginning this type of specialized training, your personal trainer should conduct a fitness assessment to determine areas of weakness and strength in addition to postural, biomechanical and alignment issues.

Golfing requires an immense amount of core rotation. Exercises like the medicine ball twist strengthen the lumbar spinal region, obliques and hips. A strong core is critical to maintain stabilization through the golf swing. Upper back and shoulder strength is required in order control the swing and dictate swing speed. Performing exercises such as a single armed dumbbell row and shoulder press strengthen the entire rotator cuff area. Because golf games can run long, golfers need to come prepared with snacks and adequate hydration to keep energy levels up.

In order to propel the ball downfield, soccer plays need explosive power in addition to muscular endurance. Plyometric exercises improve reflex time and explosive power necessary to perform. The nature of the game often means players have overdeveloped quadriceps in relation to their hamstrings. A soccer-specific training program would focus on building hamstring strength in order to balance out the lower body. Protein plays a key role in the development and maintenance of muscles and players will need to tweak their diets to ensure appropriate protein consumption.

For cyclists, strength training in the off-season will yield better results in the on season. Utilizing training techniques such a periodization, hypertrophy and flexibility training assists cyclists with necessary strength and muscular cohesion for training rides and races. Cyclists using an aggressive riding position may experience lower back pain. Core work is especially important for cyclists in order to strength the gluteal muscles, abdominals and smaller muscles surrounding the pelvic girdle. Because cycling is a sustained exercise, cyclists must learn to nutritionally prepare for longer bouts of exercise.

Sport enthusiasts must keep in mind the exercise and nutritional programming specific to their preferred sport. Training and appropriate nutrition away from the sport has a massive impact on performance during the sport. Certified personal trainers can assist with the development and upkeep of complementary strength training and nutrition programming.


NEW! Athletic Trainer CE Update


The Board of Certification has announced a new segment within athletic trainer continuing education requirement. Beginning in this renewal period (ending December 31, 2015) ATs must incorporate 10 hours of "EBP" or "evidence-based practice" within their total athletic training CEU hours. If you became a licensed AT before 2014, your requirement remains 50 hours, with a 10 hour EBP specification. If you have recently or will soon become a licensed AT in 2014 (congratulations!) your requirement will be a total of 25 CEU hours, with a 5 hour EBP requirement.

So what exactly is EBP, you ask? Evidence-based practice courses are specifically designed to help implement the latest knowledge and techniques into the athletic trainer's practice. These include activities such like seminars, conferences and workshops, as well as webinars and home study programs that are properly affiliated with the BOC to offer these types of courses. Proper proof of completion is required regardless of the program format. Review the chart below to determine the number of hours each type of course is worth and what type of documentation is required to obtain credit for that activity.

athletic trainer ceu update chart ebp

Continuing Ed. for ATs is organized into five categories that define and weight different kinds of CE activities with a certain number of hours (if any), along with other specifications that pertain to qualifying for renewal. Category A - BOC Approved Providers is where Milestone Continuing Education comes into play. As far as your remaining 40 hours (excluding the 10 hours that must come from EBP courses), MCE offers over 325 hours of online CE for ATs through a variety of course titles to choose from that are derived from the latest edition textbooks available. Each dynamic course will present the research and techniques with written and pictorial explanations to help prepare the practitioner for implementing new knowledge into their practice.

Be sure to keep up with new course announcements, sales and giveaways on our Facebook Page (updated once daily)! Learn more about Milestone Continuing Education on our website, or call and talk with a CE Specialist day or night: 1-800-709-8820.


National AT Appreciation Month 2014!


Athletic Training Continuing EducationAthletic Trainers play a vital role in the health and performance of professionals in a variety of arenas. Of course we know this because we've had the privilege of being a BOC Approved Provider (P8382) and offering top notch athletic trainer continuing education for years! But in reality, many people are unfamiliar with the ins and outs of athletic training. So National Athletic Trainer Month (#NATM2014) was created to promote general knowledge and awareness of this awesome profession, as well as to remind friends, family and clients to thank their friendly neighborhood ATs for all of their hard work year-round (...catch the super hero reference there? Comment below if you did)!

Today, athletic trainers can be found in hospitals, offices, labs, and even at NASA and working alongside the military (check out more interesting places ATs can be found here). And as this profession continues to evolve, more organizations are beginning to recognize the benefits associated with employing these highly skilled practitioners that are trained in both preventative and therapeutic methods that go far beyond tape and ice. That's why we feel it is more important than ever to show appreciation to dedicated ATs all over the country. It's time for them to stop being the "unsung heroes" and start getting some recognition outside of one awareness month!

If you're someone who has experienced the benefit of working with an AT, or if you're an AT interested in promoting general knowledge about your field, you can find a list of ideas on the Board of Certification's website that will help you organize events in your area to accomplish this. And don't worry, they don't expire after March 31st. Education is important all year, and we would know! On the topic of education, it wouldn't be fair to continue without noting that athletic trainers are required to obtain fifty (yes, 50) hours of CE courses every two years. That's what it takes to keep them on top of all of the developments in their area of practice. This clearly shows the level of dedication required to remain an active licensee in this field.

Taking a closer look into the function of athletic trainer continuing education also helps shed light on the field overall. Athletic training CEU courses are created to help the practitioner:

• Be aware of the cutting edge practices in the athletic training realm

• Develop professionally for improved work performance

• Enhance their overall knowledge by exploring specific areas of content

• Master training skills and techniques new to athletic training

• Add to their arsenal of effective training approaches

• Develop their overall professional judgment

Any career that has CEU requirements signals that the professional must be able to implement new techniques into their practice as better methods are discovered. As a BOC Approved Provider it is our responsibility in maintaining the board's strict rules to make sure that each one of the 334 Category A Approved hours offers high impact and clinically relevant information for athletic trainers. We like to go a step further and offer these CE courses is convenient online packaging, compatible with your home or office computer, tablet, or iPad. But enough about CEUs, this month's about CELEBRATION!

Thank you for all you do on and off the field every single day!

We're the BOC's Featured AP for Winter 2013!


We are proud to announce that Milestone is the BOC's Featured Approved Provider for Winter 2013!

It is an honor to have been selected to receive this recognition from the national authority for the athletic training industry - The Board of Certification! Check us out in the Winter Edition of the BOC's biannual publication, or visit their archives here!

It's no secret that at Milestone we strive for unmatched quality in our online continuing education courses for all of the professionals we serve, including athletic trainers. Part of how we achieve this goal is by seeking out Approved Provider (AP) status with trusted national organizations like the BOC. This involves much more than filling out basic paperwork or paying a fee to "join the club." These organizations set the bar for continuing education companies and rigorously review their courses and qualifications before they are allowed to call themselves an AP. This is the best active quality assurance on the Internet, or anywhere for that matter! And we are so honored to be able to say that we meet and will continue to uphold those standards!

BOC Featured AP 2013 Milestone CE

With the December 31, 2013 deadline clearly visible on the horizon, and hundreds of athletic training CEU options online, we suggest ATs opt for a BOC Approved Provider that will deliver athletic training CEUs to help them achieve their best in the workplace and beyond (hint hint - that's us)! Now ATs exploring the Milestone Course Catalog can rest assured that all 300+ hours of CE courses have been granted Category A approval and meet the regulations established by the BOC for Approved Providers of athletic trainer continuing education.

Contact us with your CE questions or for more information on how to get started on your Milestone athletic training continuing education 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is waiting for you!


Now Offering CSCS & CPT Continuing Education!


We are excited to announce that in addition to offering top quality athletic trainer continuing education, Milestone is now a National Strength & Conditioning Association Approved Provider for NSCA Certified Personal Trainers and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists!

NSCA CSCS CEU Approved Provider

At Milestone, we know how the convenience and affordability of online continuing education compliments the busy schedules of our practitioners. But in a vast sea of options, both on and offline, it’s simply not enough to offer user-friendly formatting. As we work towards becoming a truly comprehensive resource for online continuing education, we recognize that each professional carries specific needs that come with their certifications.

To distinguish our online CE courses from all the rest, and to better meet the needs of each of our practitioners, Milestone upholds the rigorous continuing education standards and regulations of national organizations such as the Board of Certification and now the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

We are pleased to introduce NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist CE courses to the Milestone Course Catalog. Now professionals that are dually certified for athletic training with personal training or strength and conditioning specializations can obtain their continuing education hours from one approved provider. In addition to the quality assurance that comes with being a BOC and NSCA approved provider for NSCA CPT, CSCS, and athletic trainer continuing education, we pride ourselves in offering professionals content that is derived from the latest research available in the field.

Starting with course development, we design each module to deliver relevant skills and techniques that can be implemented for improved results in the workplace. Then we format each course into downloadable PDF documents that are iPad and e-Reader compatible, to optimize your mobility. For practitioners that wish to spend less time in front of a screen, we also offer every course in hard copy format. Exams are online, multiple-choice, and upon achieving a passing score of 70% or higher, your certificate of completion is permanently stored in your private account where it can be accessed as often as you need it.

If you are interested in Milestone Continuing Education CE courses, start with our course catalog and explore hundreds of CEU hours which you now know were designed with you in mind! For more questions, visit us on the web, via live chat, e-mail or toll-free at 1-800-709-8820.

For information about the Board of Certification or National Strength and Conditioning Association, please visit their websites.