What you need to become an athletic trainer
- You must graduate with a bachelors and a master degree from a athletic training education program
- Must pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification
What they do/Purpose
They are health care professionals who work with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
- Apply protective or injury-preventive devices such as tape, bandages, and braces.
- Recognize and evaluate injuries.
- Provide first aid or emergency care.
- Develop and carry out rehabilitation programs for injured athletes.
- Work with other people
Skills you need
- Athletic trainers must know a lot about a huge range of medical problems. Diagnosing, evaluating symptoms and working with other healthcare professionals will be needed.
- Quick thinking by athletic trainers may be the difference between an small injury and a career-ending injury.
- Athletic trainers should take notes on how people are recovering, and how to best keep them healing.
- Athletic trainers work with people in stressful situations. Keeping a clear head and a calm demeanor when talking to people in pain, other medical professionals, coaches and families will be an asset.
How much money they make
$35,000 to $75,000 per year.
Reports to boss
Assistant Athletic Director
- Bachelor’s degree in appropriate area of specialization and 4 – 5 years professional experience. Master’s degree preferred, 2 – 3 years professional experience
- Certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC)
- State Athletic Training Licensure
- Familiarity with NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA governing rules