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
06.05.2017
Seeking highly motivated Athletic Trainer 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...
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...
06.02.2017
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...
12.11.2017
BSN or BS Exercise Science - Master's Degree preferred Position Summary: The Certified Athletic Trainer is qualified by education, experience & training to provide prevention, care, coverage and rehabilitation for sports related injuries...
10.30.2017
College Graduate (BS/BA) required Position 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...
01.17.2018
VCU Health System's Worker's Compensation Department is seeking a full-time Industrial Athletic Trainer. Responsibilities The primary responsibility of the industrial athletic trainer (IAT) is to provide job conditioning through stretching,...
01.12.2018
The Certified Athletic Trainer is responsible for planning, organizing, marketing, and performing sports medicine, rehabilitation, wellness, and fitness related services. They perform sports medicine treatments with athletes of all ages in both...
01.17.2018
A strong, talented staff is at the heart of St. Lukes Health System. We are the states largest private employer with more than 13,500 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,800 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. Our employees are...
01.17.2018
St. Lukes is a nationally recognized leading healthcare organization where people like you drive our success. We are currently searching for more Athletic Trainers to add to our team. Under limited supervision, the Athletic Trainer Outreach -...
12.28.2017
Our Athletic Trainer-Clinic is responsible for providing assistance to providers in the direct and indirect care of Orthopedic Clinic patients. Performs patient or clinic related duties including but not limited to cast application and removal,...
01.18.2018
City Rochester State Minnesota Telecommute No Department Sports Medicine Why Mayo Clinic This position is for supplemental athletic trainer to assist with providing athletic training services to the area sports This may include working...
01.08.2018
To coordinate and provide sports medicine services in the community, schools and therapy clinics. Performs a wide variety of athletic training evaluation and procedures in the care and treatment athletes. Coordinates and works closely with school...
01.18.2018
City Minneapolis State Minnesota Telecommute No Department Sports Medicine Why Mayo Clinic Primary role is to provide support to sports medicine physician clinic Monday - Friday. Roles and responsibilities include working with patients,...
01.17.2018
This role will provide coverage to patients in the ambulatory surgical and outpatient rehab settings. Instructs pre and post-surgical patients in routine ambulation and transfers with/without an assistive device according to post-operative...
11.13.2017
Staff members in this position may administer athletic training services to professional, high school, college and recreational athletes and coaches working under the direction and supervision of the Sports Medicine Medical Director, area team...
  1. Athletic Trainer Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
    Seeking highly motivated Athletic Trainer 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...
  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 Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
    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...
  4. Certified Athletic Trainer Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    BSN or BS Exercise Science - Master's Degree preferred Position Summary: The Certified Athletic Trainer is qualified by education, experience & training to provide prevention, care, coverage and rehabilitation for sports related injuries...
  5. Certified Athletic Trainer Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    College Graduate (BS/BA) required Position 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...
  6. Indust Athletic Trainer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Worker's Compensation Department is seeking a full-time Industrial Athletic Trainer. Responsibilities The primary responsibility of the industrial athletic trainer (IAT) is to provide job conditioning through stretching,...
  7. Certified Athletic Trainer (100%) Chillicothe, OH Adena Health System
    The Certified Athletic Trainer is responsible for planning, organizing, marketing, and performing sports medicine, rehabilitation, wellness, and fitness related services. They perform sports medicine treatments with athletes of all ages in both...
  8. Athletic Trainer Clinic - Orthopedics Meridian Boise, ID St. Luke's Health System
    A strong, talented staff is at the heart of St. Lukes Health System. We are the states largest private employer with more than 13,500 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,800 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. Our employees are...
  9. Athletic Trainer Outreach - Athletic Training Meridian Boise, ID St. Luke's Health System
    St. Lukes is a nationally recognized leading healthcare organization where people like you drive our success. We are currently searching for more Athletic Trainers to add to our team. Under limited supervision, the Athletic Trainer Outreach -...
  10. Athletic Trainer-Clinic Mattoon, IL Sarah Bush Lincoln
    Our Athletic Trainer-Clinic is responsible for providing assistance to providers in the direct and indirect care of Orthopedic Clinic patients. Performs patient or clinic related duties including but not limited to cast application and removal,...
  11. Athletic Trainer Supplemental PRN Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    City Rochester State Minnesota Telecommute No Department Sports Medicine Why Mayo Clinic This position is for supplemental athletic trainer to assist with providing athletic training services to the area sports This may include working...
  12. Athletic Trainer Gastonia, NC CaroMont Health
    To coordinate and provide sports medicine services in the community, schools and therapy clinics. Performs a wide variety of athletic training evaluation and procedures in the care and treatment athletes. Coordinates and works closely with school...
  13. Athletic Trainer - Clinical Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    City Minneapolis State Minnesota Telecommute No Department Sports Medicine Why Mayo Clinic Primary role is to provide support to sports medicine physician clinic Monday - Friday. Roles and responsibilities include working with patients,...
  14. Certified Athletic Trainer (Per Diem) Boston, MA New England Baptist Hospital
    This role will provide coverage to patients in the ambulatory surgical and outpatient rehab settings. Instructs pre and post-surgical patients in routine ambulation and transfers with/without an assistive device according to post-operative...
  15. CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINER Greenville, SC Greenville Health System
    Staff members in this position may administer athletic training services to professional, high school, college and recreational athletes and coaches working under the direction and supervision of the Sports Medicine Medical Director, area team...