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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04.25.2018
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...
04.25.2018
VCU Health System's ORTHO VCU Sports Medicine at the NOW center is seeking a full time Athletic Trainer. The primary responsibility of the clinical/athletic trainer (physician extender) is to provide day-to-day coverage in the physician clinics...
04.25.2018
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 reconditioning strategies for...
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...
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...
12.30.2017
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...
12.11.2017
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...
04.25.2018
Provide athletic training services in accordance with established facility and departmental policies and procedures Days and Shifts: Varied days and hours As needed for high school game coverage including days, evenings, and some weekends...
04.04.2018
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. Excellent oral and written...
04.25.2018
The Athletic Trainer Certified/Physician Extender position is located in Kokomo, Indiana. Job Duties The Athletic Trainer Certified/ Physician Extender will report to assigned physician and practice administrator while performing clinical,...
04.25.2018
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...
04.25.2018
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,...
02.13.2018
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...
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...
04.02.2018
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...
  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 Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's ORTHO VCU Sports Medicine at the NOW center is seeking a full time Athletic Trainer. The primary responsibility of the clinical/athletic trainer (physician extender) is to provide day-to-day coverage in the physician clinics...
  3. Athletic Trainer Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    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 reconditioning strategies for...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Certified Athletic Trainer Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    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...
  8. Athletic Trainer Chariton, IA Lucas County Health Center
    Provide athletic training services in accordance with established facility and departmental policies and procedures Days and Shifts: Varied days and hours As needed for high school game coverage including days, evenings, and some weekends...
  9. Athletic Trainer Sunnyside, WA Sunnyside Community Hospital
    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. Excellent oral and written...
  10. Athletic Trainer Cert PE Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    The Athletic Trainer Certified/Physician Extender position is located in Kokomo, Indiana. Job Duties The Athletic Trainer Certified/ Physician Extender will report to assigned physician and practice administrator while performing clinical,...
  11. Athletic Trainer - Sports Medicine Portland, ME MaineHealth
    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...
  12. 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,...
  13. Athletic Trainer, Certified Hendersonville, NC Pardee Hospital
    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...
  14. Athletic Trainer, Certified Hendersonville, NC Pardee Hospital
    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...
  15. Athletic Trainer Pella, IA Pella Regional Health Center
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