Yuriko Ohashi

Date of Award


Degree Name

Health and Physical Education


College of Health Professions

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

R. Daniel Martin

Second Advisor

T. Jeff Chandler

Third Advisor

Gary E. McIlvain


Athletic trainer is a well-established profession in the U.S., but its definition is unclear in Japan because of no certification until recently. Japan Amateur Sports Association (JASA) has started in curriculum to prepare, educate and certify athletic trainers since 1994. This study researched the current trends in athletic training education and certification in Japan. It defines the historical and present athletic training situation, and clarifies education and certification with questionnaires. Questionnaires were sent to 43 sports medicine professors at JASA athletic trainer accredited and non-accredited program schools, and 26 (61%) responses were returned. The current problems include lack of clinical settings. JASA athletic trainer certification has had much attention to organize several certifications. It cannot guarantee a profession as an athletic trainer due to lack of recognition of athletic trainers and it is not considered a medical profession. This certification should become more standardized in the Japanese sports medicine field.


Athletic trainers-- Education -- Japan.

Athletic trainers -- Certification -- Japan.