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

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05.26.2017
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...
05.04.2017
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...
05.26.2017
The athletic trainer will be able to demonstrate an ability to perform the following functions regarding athletic injuries: prevention, assessment, treatment (including first aide), and reconditioning as set forth by the NATA Board of...
05.26.2017
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...
05.26.2017
- Bachelors degree is required VCU Health System's ORTHO VCU Sports Medicine is seeking a full time Athletic Trainer to provide day-to-day athletic training services for a local sports team. Assesses, treats and develops rehabilitation and...
05.26.2017
JOB QUALIFICATIONS 1. Experience: One year relevant experience preferred. 2. Education: Bachelors degree in Athletic Training required. 3. Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Knowledgeable about industry standards related to patient care and safety....
05.26.2017
An Athletic Trainer is a health care professional who collaborates with physicians. The services provided by the Athletic Trainers comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries...
05.25.2017
Bachelor BLS through American Heart Association PRN position-does not offer benefits and hours are only as n JOB SUMMARY: The Athletic Trainer may function in an outreach, clinical or dual setting. While in the outreach setting, they will...
04.26.2017
Responsible for assessing and administering physical therapy modalities of treatment as prescribed by a licensed physician and under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Administers treatments as prescribed by a referring physician...
05.05.2017
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...
05.26.2017
McLeod Sports Medicine has an opening for a full-time (12-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...
05.05.2017
Bachelors Degree Current State license or certificate Are you available to work flexible hours? 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...
05.05.2017
Bachelors Degree Current State license or certificate Are you available to work flexible hours? 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...
05.26.2017
The Certified Athletic Trainer position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana***As Needed Position*** Job Duties Prevent, assess, and treat emergency, acute and chronic injuries, and Recondition active individuals after injury to prevent...
04.24.2017
The TRIA Certified Athletic Trainer will oversee daily clinic flow by assisting the provider with standard rooming, clinical procedures, casting, triage, after visit education, rehabilitation, and care for TRIA patients that is within the scope...
  1. Athletic Trainer Melrose, MA Hallmark Health System
    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 Hartsville, SC Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center
    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...
  3. Athletic Trainer Peru, IL Illinois Valley Community Hospital
    The athletic trainer will be able to demonstrate an ability to perform the following functions regarding athletic injuries: prevention, assessment, treatment (including first aide), and reconditioning as set forth by the NATA Board of...
  4. Athletic Trainer Florence, SC McLeod Health
    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...
  5. Athletic Trainer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Bachelors degree is required VCU Health System's ORTHO VCU Sports Medicine is seeking a full time Athletic Trainer to provide day-to-day athletic training services for a local sports team. Assesses, treats and develops rehabilitation and...
  6. Athletic Trainer Sunnyside, WA Sunnyside Community Hospital
    JOB QUALIFICATIONS 1. Experience: One year relevant experience preferred. 2. Education: Bachelors degree in Athletic Training required. 3. Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Knowledgeable about industry standards related to patient care and safety....
  7. Athletic Trainer Guntersville, AL Marshall Medical Centers
    An Athletic Trainer is a health care professional who collaborates with physicians. The services provided by the Athletic Trainers comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries...
  8. ATHLETIC TRAINER Morganton, NC Carolinas HealthCare System - Blue Ridge
    Bachelor BLS through American Heart Association PRN position-does not offer benefits and hours are only as n JOB SUMMARY: The Athletic Trainer may function in an outreach, clinical or dual setting. While in the outreach setting, they will...
  9. Athletic Trainer Pella, IA Pella Regional Health Center
    Responsible for assessing and administering physical therapy modalities of treatment as prescribed by a licensed physician and under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Administers treatments as prescribed by a referring physician...
  10. Athletic Trainer Certified Fort Wayne, IN Parkview Health
    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...
  11. Athletic Trainer (Collegiate) Florence, SC McLeod Health
    McLeod Sports Medicine has an opening for a full-time (12-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...
  12. Athletic Trainer Certified Fort Wayne, IN Parkview Health
    Bachelors Degree Current State license or certificate Are you available to work flexible hours? 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...
  13. Athletic Trainer Lead Fort Wayne, IN Parkview Health
    Bachelors Degree Current State license or certificate Are you available to work flexible hours? 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...
  14. Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    The Certified Athletic Trainer position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana***As Needed Position*** Job Duties Prevent, assess, and treat emergency, acute and chronic injuries, and Recondition active individuals after injury to prevent...
  15. Trainer, Athletic Certified St. Louis Park, MN Park Nicollet Health Services
    The TRIA Certified Athletic Trainer will oversee daily clinic flow by assisting the provider with standard rooming, clinical procedures, casting, triage, after visit education, rehabilitation, and care for TRIA patients that is within the scope...