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
03.27.2017
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...
03.27.2017
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...
03.27.2017
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...
03.27.2017
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...
03.27.2017
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...
10.19.2016
The team member's number one job responsibility is to deliver the most remarkable patient experience, in every dimension, every time, and understand how he or she contributes to the health systems vision of achieving that commitment to patients...
03.22.2017
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...
03.27.2017
Position Summary: ATC will be responsible for an outreach program to local high schools. Duties include event coverage, training room hours, clinical hours, body fat assessor, CPR-AED instructor, and participation in coaches/advisors sports...
02.24.2017
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...
03.27.2017
Bachelor's The Certified Athletic Trainer provides athletic training services to patients and clients of Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Sports Medicine (NGPG). These services may include, but not limited to, on site assessment, treatment,...
03.27.2017
Job Location The Certified Athletic Trainer 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...
03.27.2017
Job Location The Athletic Trainer/Physician Extender position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Job Duties The Athletic Trainer / Physician Extender will report to assigned physician and practice administrator while performing clinical,...
03.27.2017
The Athletic Trainer will prevent athletic injury and enhance performance using knowledge of nutrition, hygiene, psychology, conditioning and protective equipment. Develop training programs to prevent injuries and examine athletes' injuries...
03.27.2017
Bachelors degree is required BLS certification required Certification/Licensure/Registration JOB SUMMARY The Athletic Trainer, under the medical direction of the Physicians and the general administrative direction of the Clinic Manager, is...
01.12.2017
***This Position is Pool Flexible Schedule Plays an essential role in the pediatric Rehab Sports Medicine team by assisting with injury prevention and return to sport programs. The position reports to the manager Rehab Sports Medicine...
  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 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...
  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 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Athletic Trainer Winston-Salem, NC Novant Health
    The team member's number one job responsibility is to deliver the most remarkable patient experience, in every dimension, every time, and understand how he or she contributes to the health systems vision of achieving that commitment to patients...
  7. ATHLETIC TRAINER Morganton, NC Carolinas HealthCare System - Blue Ridge
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  8. Athletic Trainer Norwalk, OH Fisher-Titus Medical Center
    Position Summary: ATC will be responsible for an outreach program to local high schools. Duties include event coverage, training room hours, clinical hours, body fat assessor, CPR-AED instructor, and participation in coaches/advisors sports...
  9. 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...
  10. Certified Athletic Trainer Gainesville, GA Northeast Georgia Health System
    Bachelor's The Certified Athletic Trainer provides athletic training services to patients and clients of Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Sports Medicine (NGPG). These services may include, but not limited to, on site assessment, treatment,...
  11. Cert Athletic Trainer Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    Job Location The Certified Athletic Trainer 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...
  12. Athletic Trainer/Physician Extender Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    Job Location The Athletic Trainer/Physician Extender position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Job Duties The Athletic Trainer / Physician Extender will report to assigned physician and practice administrator while performing clinical,...
  13. ATHLETIC TRAINER - CONTRACT Roanoke, VA Carilion Clinic
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  14. Athletic Trainer-SL Ortho Duluth, MN St. Luke's Hospital
    Bachelors degree is required BLS certification required Certification/Licensure/Registration JOB SUMMARY The Athletic Trainer, under the medical direction of the Physicians and the general administrative direction of the Clinic Manager, is...
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