Career Research Project

Sairrah Tumbarello: Athletic Trainer

Job 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.

-Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

-Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

-Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


-Requires master's degree

-Kinesiology, Psychology, Sociology, Biology, and Mathematics.


-Eastern IL University Public, 4-year or more institution located in Charleston, IL: 12,004 students enrolled

-U of I; Public, 4-year or more institution located in Normal, IL: 23,291 students enrolled

-California State University-Fullerton; Public, 4-year or more institution located in Fullerton, CA: 38,802 enrolled


~Those who mind don't matter...and those who matter don't mind -Dr. Seuss ~

Role Model

My role model is my best friend, Beth. She's one of the football and wrestling trainers and she's willing to be at all games or meets along with summer camps and practices. She does what needs to get done. I've seen her wrap ankles and wrists and it just kind of 'clicked' I wanted to do exactly what she does.

Sports managing is something I like doing. Being able to do that with my best friend along with getting job experience makes me what this job more.

The Job

Athletic trainers do a lot of things to help athletes get back to the way they were. The National Athletic Trainers Association has a web page dedicated to what they do and everything that happens. One of the things they wrote were, "Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions," (N.A.T.A. 1). Athletic training is different, though commonly mixed up with, personal training. Most athletic trainers enter the work field with at least a masters' degree. Before becoming certified they have to get a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum.

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