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
06.22.2018
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...
06.22.2018
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...
05.29.2018
Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and...
06.20.2018
Under general supervision, the Certified Athletic Trainer provides direct patient care in the Sports Medicine Department to include athletic training services and strength and conditioning assessment and programming. The Certified Athletic...
03.01.2018
The Athletic Trainer provides on-site athletic event coverage including pre- and post-event requirements. Maintains appropriate quantities of first aid/athletic training supplies required for each event. Communicates with coaches, AD's, event...
06.20.2018
Full time position. We are in search of an Athletic Trainer to add to our growing Therapy Team. Qualified candidate is a certified healthcare professional who collaborates with physicians and coaches to optimize activity/participation of...
06.20.2018
Provides Athletic Trainer services to patients ranging from adolescent to geriatric in a sports or clinical environment, i.e. physical therapy clinic, schools and athletic events, including evaluation and assessment, education, treatment and...
06.04.2018
Bachelor of Science BLS through American Heart Association JOB SUMMARY: The Athletic Trainer may function in an outreach, clinical or dual setting. While in the outreach setting, they will cover athletic events, practices, and related...
06.20.2018
McLeod Sports Medicine has an opening for a full-time (10-month) Certified Athletic Trainer. Available position acts as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with a local university (no teaching duties). The Athletic Trainer is responsible for daily...
06.20.2018
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...
05.11.2018
BSN or BS Exercise Science - Master's Degree preferred OUTREACH Position Summary: The Certified Athletic Trainer is qualified by education, experience & training to provide prevention, care, coverage and rehabilitation for sports...
05.25.2018
Blacksburg location JOB SUMMARY The Certified Athletic Trainer is qualified by education, experience & training to provide prevention, care, coverage and rehabilitation for sports related injuries upon the direct referral from a...
05.25.2018
BS/BA Required; Masters preferred JOB SUMMARY The Certified Athletic Trainer is qualified by education, experience & training to provide prevention, care, coverage and rehabilitation for sports related injuries upon the direct referral...
06.20.2018
McLeod Sports Medicine has an opening for a full-time Certified Athletic Trainer. The Athletic Trainer is responsible for daily practice and game coverage including management of injuries, organization and administration, implementation of sport...
04.24.2018
The Certified Athletic Trainer is responsible for providing sports medicine services for the prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. This position will perform both outreach and periodic clinical duties for the sports medicine program...
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    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...
  2. Athletic Trainer Melrose, MA Hallmark Health System
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