What does an Athletic Trainer do?
Athletic Trainers are typically employed by universities, medical clinics or academic institutions to analyze an Athlete’s health or injury to develop a fitness and diet plan that helps them play well on their sports team. When an Athlete or student is injured, the Athletic Trainer works with their Coaches and families to design a custom plan to treat their injury and build their muscles. They usually receive direction and confirmation from doctors and licensed health care professionals to more accurately diagnose and treat injuries.
Athletic Trainers can be found at athletic events watching the players and providing emergency medical care to them if they’re injured by using devices like braces or athletic tape. When the Athlete is recovering, the Athletic Trainer will perform rehabilitation services to prevent further injuries and illnesses and to get them back into shape.
Athletic Trainer skills and qualifications
An Athletic Trainer needs to be acquainted with a set of skills and qualifications. This will ensure a high level of professionalism in addition to improving their interaction with athletes. The essential skills and qualifications that potential Athletic Trainers should have include:
- Teamwork, particularly in a medical setting
- Excellent verbal communication
- Ability to create a safe and productive environment
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Supply management skills
- Scheduling skills
- Organizational skills
Athletic Trainer salary expectations
While there is not currently specific salary data for an Athletic Trainer on Indeed, Personal Trainers earn an average of $21.70 per hour. This is a comparable position, so pay should be fairly similar. Salary may deviate from the national average, however, based on region, experience level and the breadth of duties required.
Athletic Trainer education and training requirements
A candidate for the position of Athletic Trainer should have a bachelor’s degree in athletic training or a related field like sports medicine. They should also have basic knowledge of professional sports. Alongside these requirements, the candidate should also have a master’s degree in the corresponding field and be a licensed Athletic Trainer. An applicant may have to undertake further training focusing on Injury prevention and risk management, physiology and anatomy, medical conditions and disabilities, pathology of illnesses and injuries, nutritional aspects of diseases and injuries and therapeutic modalities.
Athletic Trainer experience requirements
A potential candidate should have at least 2 years of experience working with regular fitness clients or Athletes and 1 year of clinical experience. Athletic Trainers should also have basic first aid and CPR certifications. Having a current certification through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association is an added advantage.
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