Jeff Kraft, Certified Athletic Trainer

Jeff grew up in Wisconsin where he obtained his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent two years at Boston University getting his Masters of Education in Health Education and working as an athletic trainer for the school with the rugby and track and field teams. Jeff then moved to Washington State and worked as an athletic trainer for a local high school, as well as treating a diverse group of patients in an outpatient clinic.

Jeff takes great passion in helping his patients improve their ability to move and find relief from pain. He focuses on finding the source of dysfunction in the body and rehabilitating it through functional movement that will carry over into the patient’s everyday life. His goal is to provide each patient the education and tools they need to rehabilitate their injury and prevent future injury.

Jeff is certified in the use of the Functional Movement Screen and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. Jeff has worked with a wide range of patients, from professional, collegiate and high school athletes to workers injured on the job, weekend warriors, and the general population. He has rehabilitated injuries ranging from surgical cases to chronic pain and everything in between.

In his off-time Jeff enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and dogs and exploring the pacific northwest.

From the National Athletic Training Association:

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.

Who are athletic trainers?

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.

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.