Athletic Trainer - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Athletic Trainer

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Job Description

 

Athletic trainers are health professionals that can help patients avoid unnecessary medical treatment and the disruption it can cause in normal daily life.

A certified athletic trainer is a highly qualified health care provider that is trained in recognizing, preventing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from various forms of physical activity.

If you are injured, an athletic trainer is qualified to work with you and your primary health care provider to get you back on your feet and return you to the activities of your normal daily life.

Prospects for employment can be found in the following areas:

  • Professional sports

  • Youth sports programs

  • High schools, public and private

  • Hospitals

  • Performing arts companies

  • Government 

Athletic trainers have been recognized as allied health care professionals by the American Medical Association since 1990.

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Responsibilities

 

Athletic trainers diagnose and treat bone and muscle injuries under the supervision of healthcare professionals.

Their patients typically consist of anyone who participates in athletic activities, and those of all ages. They're responsible for preventing further injuries by fixing their patients with devices like braces, tape, and compression apparel.

Athletic trainers are responsible for rehabilitating athletes from injuries and creating programs or regimes to follow in order to prevent any further difficulties.

Other responsibilities include record-keeping, coordinating with professional care teams, and minor budgeting.

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Skills

 

While Athletic Trainers must obviously maintain physical fitness, there are a litany of other skills that go into a successful candidate.  

ATs must be able to asses and understand the daily tasks that a patient must overcome and be able to create short and long-term goals to help them continue their daily lives.

This involves high levels of communication skills as patients they see come from all walks of life.

Equally important are the technical skills necessary to understanding exactly how to approach each unique situation.

Different patients with different ailments require different care plans for any health professional, and Athletic Trainers are no different.

ATs must apply their knowledge regarding applying and removing extremity casts, following the proper sterilization procedures, and collecting and maintaining an updates patient history.

They must also be able to apply their skills and knowledge in collaboration with a team of professionals, meaning working as an integral part of a team is key to success.

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Working Conditions

 

A certified athletic trainer works as a member of a complete health care team and works under the direction of a physician.

As a part of the health care team, the athletic trainer works closely with other health care professionals as well as athletics administrators, coaches and parents.

A certified athletic trainer has the opportunity to become well acquainted with each of his or her patients/clients individually. This makes it possible to more effectively treat their injuries.

Professional settings where athletic trainers are in demand include:

  • Sports medicine clinics

  • Collegiate and professional sports

  • Secondary and intermediate schools

  • Rehabilitation clinics

  • Emergency rooms in hospitals

  • Occupational settings

  • Performing arts centers

  • Law enforcement and military training centers

  • Physicians’ offices

 

Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private

25%

Offices of other health practitioners 15%
Hospitals; state, local, and private

13%

Fitness and recreational sports centers

3%

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
09.22.2017
The Athletic Trainer will provide all athletic training services at area high schools to ensure the delivery of medical and rehabilitative care to student athletes. The trainer will function as a Rehabilitative Aide when working in the...
09.22.2017
McLeod Sports Medicine has an opening for a full-time Certified Athletic Trainer. Available position acts as the Head Athletic Trainer at a local high school (no teaching duties). The Athletic Trainer is responsible for daily practice and game...
09.07.2017
The Certified Athletic Trainer is responsible for providing athletic training evaluations and treatment to athletic training patients in the outpatient setting. The ATC Outreach services to professional and non-professional organized athletic...
08.08.2017
Bachelors Degree Must have a Bachelor's Degree or a Master's Degree in Athletic Training. Master's Degree preferred. Certification as an athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification required. Licensure or...
08.30.2017
Department: sports medicine A Life-Changing Career Position Summary: This job is a part time .3FTE position at North Central University (NCU) as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the institution for Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine at Mayo...
09.22.2017
College Graduate (BS/BA) required Immediate Secondary School Athletic Training position available with Spartanburg Regional Sports Medicine Institute. Certified Athletic Trainer may provide Outreach Services to professional and...
09.22.2017
The athletic trainer practices within the scope of the profession of Athletic Training for adult, adolescent, and pediatric patients. In addition, this associate is expected to adhere to and exemplify the Finley Service Excellence Policy....
09.22.2017
Find more than a job. Find more in yourself. Find your calling. Essentia Health seeks employees who embrace our commitment to patient-and family-centered care in communities both large and small. Were looking for people who are committed to...
09.22.2017
Lead Athletic Trainer Location: Dedham, MA Category: Physical Therapy Department: Rehab Outpatient - Dedham- 860400 Position Type: Regular Shift: Rotating Shift Hours Per Week: Full time 40 hours per week FT/PT/PD: Regular Certified...
09.22.2017
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09.22.2017
Find more than a job. Find more in yourself. Find your calling. Essentia Health seeks employees who embrace our commitment to patient-and family-centered care in communities both large and small. Were looking for people who are committed to...
09.22.2017
Certified Athletic Trainer Location: Dedham, MA Category: Physical Therapy Department: Rehab Outpatient - Dedham- 860400 Position Type: Regular Shift: Rotating Shift Hours Per Week: Full time 40 hours per week FT/PT/PD: Regular...
09.22.2017
Certified Athletic Trainer (Per Diem) Location: Dedham, MA Category: Physical Therapy Department: Surgicare-Dedham - 860000 Position Type: Per Diem Shift: Rotating Shift Hours Per Week: Per Diem FT/PT/PD: Per Diem Athletic Trainer...
09.22.2017
The Certified Athletic Trainer-School Based position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Job Duties Prevent, assess, and treat emergency, acute, and chronic injuries Recondition athletes and active individuals after injury to prevent injury...
09.05.2017
M-F work week with flexible hours within a 40 hour work week. Some evening hours are required. Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university in Athletic Training required. One-two years professional experience preferred. Required:...
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  2. Athletic Trainer Florence, SC McLeod Health
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