Pros: extremely rewarding to partake in an athletes path to returning to play after and injury, highly positive relationships with instructors, athletes, and coworkers, extensive learning environment.
Cons: very hard work, non-stop activity, some unpleasant injury experiences.
The instructors are beyond compare. Their level of competence exceeds any standards and it shows with their ability to constantly present you with a teaching moment. A typical day consisted of working along side a Certified Athletic Trainer, performing on-field and clinical injury evaluations, diagnosing athletic injuries, and creating treatment plans for student athletes. I assisted in the development, – more... monitoring and modifications of physical rehabilitation programs. I performed modalities and treatments including heat, ice, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, massage, and a variety of taping, bracing and splinting techniques prior to and after athletic competition. One of the hardest parts of the job was multitasking and time management, being able to ensure the safety of multiple athletes at one time, while still observing and learning. As well as monitoring effective communication between Certified Athletic Trainers, coaches, student athletes, parents, team physicians, and other medical personnel to ensure the best treatments for athletes. My favorite part of the job was by far building relationships with my athletes. Also, the hands-on experience helped build confidence very quickly and allowed for extensive learning opportunities. – less