Athletic Trainers

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

2500+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Evaluate and advise individuals to assist recovery from or avoid athletic-related injuries or illnesses, or maintain peak physical fitness. May provide first aid or emergency care.

Common job titles of Athletic Trainers include:
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Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 71.74% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 24.51% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

Tasks

    Conduct an initial assessment of an athlete's injury or illness to provide emergency or continued care and to determine whether they should be referred to physicians for definitive diagnosis and treatment.

    Evaluate athletes' readiness to play and provide participation clearances when necessary and warranted.

    Care for athletic injuries, using physical therapy equipment, techniques, or medication.

    Advise athletes on the proper use of equipment.

    Plan or implement comprehensive athletic injury or illness prevention programs.

    Perform general administrative tasks, such as keeping records or writing reports.

    Assess and report the progress of recovering athletes to coaches or physicians.

    Apply protective or injury preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, or braces, to body parts, such as ankles, fingers, or wrists.

    Inspect playing fields to locate any items that could injure players.

    File athlete insurance claims and communicate with insurance providers.

    Lead stretching exercises for team members prior to games or practices.

    Perform team support duties, such as running errands, maintaining equipment, or stocking supplies.

    Massage body parts to relieve soreness, strains, or bruises.

    Collaborate with physicians to develop and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries.

    Accompany injured athletes to hospitals.

    Recommend special diets to improve athletes' health, increase their stamina, or alter their weight.

    Conduct research or provide instruction on subject matter related to athletic training or sports medicine.

    Travel with athletic teams to be available at sporting events.

    Develop training programs or routines designed to improve athletic performance.

    Confer with coaches to select protective equipment.

    Instruct coaches, athletes, parents, medical personnel, or community members in the care and prevention of athletic injuries.

    Teach sports medicine courses to athletic training students.

Tools

Whirlpool therapy baths

Weight machines

Walking canes

Vacuum splints

Upper extremity braces

Two way radios

Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment

All Tools

Traction splints

Tilt tables

Therapeutic ultrasound equipment

Therapeutic paraffin baths

Swiss exercise balls

Stair climbing machines

Sports helmets

Spinal immobilization equipment

Sling psychrometers

Rowing machines

Pulse oximeters

Personal computers

Parallel bars

Oxygen administration equipment

One-way valve pocket masks

Neck braces

Muscle strength dynamometers

Mouth guards

Medical scales

Medical examination protective gloves

Lumbar traction units

Lower extremity braces

Laptop computers

Knee immobilizers

Hydrocollator heating units

Heat therapy equipment

Goniometers

Free weights

Fixed splints

Face shields

Exercise tubing

Exercise treadmills

Exercise bicycles

Exercise bands

Emergency response stretchers

Elliptical trainers

Desktop computers

Crutches

Cold therapy equipment

Cervical traction units

Body-fat calipers

Biofeedback equipment

Automated external defibrillators AED

Automated blood pressure cuffs

Air splints

Technologies

BioEx Systems Exercise Pro

Digital Coach AthleticTrainer

ImPACT

Injury tracking software

Keffer Development Services Athletic Trainer System ATS

Premier Software Simtrak Mobility

Skills

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Abilities

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Clerical

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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