The preferred terms are athletic trainer or AT. NEVER use a certified coach or coach. Sports facility, athletics field, sports game, sports sock, sports support, athletic training, sports type, sportswear, athletics, athletics. Sports coaches serve a wide population, from the amateur and professional athlete to the typical patient in need of orthopedic rehabilitation care.
Most states (4) require a sports coach to obtain a license to practice in that state, 5 states (Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Oregon, West Virginia) require registration, 2 states (New York, South Carolina) require certification, while California has no state regulations on practice athletic training. The services provided by the sports coach are conducted in a wide variety of settings and locations, including actual athletic training facilities, elementary schools, universities, inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, doctor's offices, community centers, venues working and even military.