Under direction, the employee advises and coordinates programs of preventative care, immediate first-aid and therapeutic treatment for the student athletes at Skyline College. This includes referrals to outside providers in emergencies and other injury or illness situations as appropriate. Public contact is extensive and primarily involves students, parents and staff for the purpose of exchanging information related to prevention, care and therapeutic treatment of sports-related injuries. A high degree of independent judgment and creativity is required to analyze and interpret data for the resolution of frequent minor and occasional major problems that arise. The Athletic Trainer can lead the work of other specified staff and student assistants as assigned.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Exchanges information with students, parents and staff regarding various exercises, preventative care, rehabilitation programs, first-aid and follow-up referrals, safety equipment and supplies, and other information related to student athlete health and safety.
2. Serves as technical advisor to staff and athletes on injury prevention, rehabilitation and safety techniques.
3. Confers with medical providers regarding injury follow-up and rehabilitation recommendations.
4. Attends workshops, conferences and other activities to maintain continuing education.
5. Researches and designs injury prevention programs and training schedules for student athletes.
6. Maintains and operates the athletic training facility.
7. Applies padding, tape, braces and other supplies to athletes as required.
8. Monitors, documents and confers with staff and others regarding the rehabilitation progress made by students following injuries.
9. Attends on- and off-site athletic events with student athletes and staff as directed.
10. Contacts medical providers and medical practitioners as required facilitating the treatment and care of student athletes for their speedy and safe return to competition.
11. Researches and designs rehabilitation programs as part of continued student participation in sports activities.
12. Makes recommendations for and monitors progress of various forms of therapy, and use of applicable equipment and supplies.
13. Makes recommendations and assists as directed in the selection of a designated team physician.
14. Schedules and coordinates athletic physical examinations as required.
15. Completes and routes student insurance, injury and other forms in conjunction with health center and management staff.
16. Uses a variety of computer software to set up and prepare documentation, and to compose and prepare special and regular reports, routine correspondence, memoranda and other written materials.
17. Maintains all student-athlete health records as well as records for all individual injuries and treatment.
18. Performs inventory of athletic training equipment and supplies; makes recommendations for the modification or purchase of new equipment and supplies.
19. Functions as a liaison and fosters an environment of communication and collaboration between physicians, coaches, parents, student-athletes and administration.
20. Drive a motor vehicle to on and off site locations as required
21. Perform other related duties as required
1. Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers.
2. Current Athletic Trainer (ATC) as certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) in good standing.
3. Two years of experience as a certified athletic trainer.
4. Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff.
5. This position requires rapid response and movements such as but not limited to; reaching, pulling, pushing, kneeling, crawling, tumbling; moving people and objects of moderate to heavy weight; exposure to varying climates; exposure to blood and other bodily fluids; and manual dexterity and strength to perform essential functions.
Desirable Skills and Abilities:
1. Ability to function as an effective athletic trainer in a community college / college or university athletic program.
2. Knowledge of methods, practices, terminology, and techniques used in athletic training activities, including the prevention of injuries.
3. Knowledge of athletic injuries, applicable treatment, and first aid methods.
4. Knowledge of various types of therapeutic treatment, equipment and conditioning programs.
5. Ability to utilize interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy to maintain cooperative relationships with all constituencies.
6. Knowledge to operate rehabilitation equipment and modalities.
7. Ability to develop and implement a program for the prevention of injuries to athletes.
8. Ability to prepare inventory / budgets for first aid, medical supplies and equipment for approval by the Dean.
9. Ability to understand and work within scope of authority; maintain / prepare records and reports; and utilize word processing and database software applications.
10. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.