|What is Athletic Training?||Related Careers|
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|Career Planning Links||Professional Association Links|
|Miscellaneous Links||OSU Athletic Training Program|
Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. Athletic trainers work in a variety of settings, including sports medicine clinics, hospitals, high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports teams, and corporate/industrial settings.
Certified Athletic Trainers are also sometimes referred to as sports therapists or sports medicine practitioners and are the centerpiece of the sports medicine team. They serve as a liasson to the athlete, coach, physician and other supplemental personnel providing care to athletes sustaining physical or emotional trauma. Specifically, the Certified Athletic Trainer's role delineation encompasses six domains:
- Athletic Injury Prevention and Risk Management
- Recognition, Evaluation and Assessment of Injuries and Illnesses
- Immediate Care of Injuries
- Treatment, Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
- Health Care Organization and Administration
- Professional Development and Responsibility
Some of these careers require further education:
|Aerobics Instructor||Fitness Consultant||Personal Trainer||Strenth & Conditioning Coach|
|Athletic Trainer/Assistant||Fitness Instructor||Sports Club & Resort Manager||Teacher|
|Coach||High School Athletic Trainer||Sports Dietician||Team Physician|
|Exercise Physiologist||Massage Therapist||Sports Physical Therapist||University Athletic Trainer|
Some typical employers:
|Amateur Sports Teams||International Athletic Organizations|
|College & Universities||Professional Sports Teams|
|Corporate Settings||Public & Private High Schools|
|Health & Fitness Centers||Sports Medicine Clinics|
|Hospitals||United States Olympic Centers|
|Analyzing Injuries||Motor Skills|
|Basic First Aid & CPR Skills/Certification||Operating Modality Machines & Training Equipment|
|Deductive Reasoning Skills||Proficient Knowledge in Anatomy, Physiology & Biology|
|Demonstrating Physical Stretches & Rehabilitative Movements||Recording, Organizing & Storing Information on Clients|
|Good Judgement & Decision-making||Refering Athletes to Appropriate Physicians|
|Implement Exercise & Rehabilitation Programs||Taping, Bandaging, & Stretching Athletes|
|Maintain Poise in Emergency Situations||Work Well Under Stress|
|Monitor Rehabilitative Programs||Working with People|
NCAA Job Opportunities - a great resource for finding jobs with the NCAA in college athletics, national offices and elegibility centers.
Exercise Jobs.Com - a great resource that matches qualified fitness job candidates with employers.
Sports Medicine Jobs - sports medicine job bank by state.
Sports Medicine.Com - career information and resources dedicated to sports medicine.
Occupational Outlook Handbook - the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.
- Average Pay - Instructors, Coaches, Sports and Physical Training - a variety of career information for instructors, coaches, sports and physical trainers.
- Average Pay - Athletic Trainers
Online Sports Career Center - a resource for sports-related career opportunities and a resume bank for potential employers within the many segments of the Sports and Recreation Industries.
Association for Applied Sport Psychology - a great organization that promotes and provides information about the ethical practice, science, and advocacy of sport and exercise psychology. The AASP also provides the opportunity for certification to qualified professionals who practice sport, exercise, and health psychology.
National Athletic Trainers' Association - a resource for information on careers and education for athletic trainers.
American Physical Therapy Association - The APTA is a great resource for PTs and people looking to become PTs with lots of career and education information.