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Become An Assistant Athletic Trainer

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Working As An Assistant Athletic Trainer

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $44,860

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Athletic Trainer Do

Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.


Athletic trainers typically do the following:

  • 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
  • Plan and implement comprehensive programs to prevent injury and illness among athletes
  • Perform administrative tasks, such as keeping records and writing reports on injuries and treatment programs

Athletic trainers work with people of all ages and all skill levels, from young children to soldiers and professional athletes. Athletic trainers are usually one of the first healthcare providers on the scene when injuries occur. They work under the direction of a licensed physician and with other healthcare providers, often discussing specific injuries and treatment options or evaluating and treating patients, as directed by a physician. Some athletic trainers meet with a team physician or consulting physician regularly.

An athletic trainer’s administrative responsibilities may include regular meetings with an athletic director or another administrative officer to deal with budgets, purchasing, policy implementation, and other business-related issues. Athletic trainers plan athletic programs that are compliant with federal and state regulations, such as laws related to athlete concussions.

Athletic trainers should not be confused with fitness trainers and instructors, including personal trainers.

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How To Become An Assistant Athletic Trainer

Athletic trainers need at least a bachelor’s degree. Nearly all states require athletic trainers to have a license or certification; requirements vary by state.


Athletic trainers need at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree programs are also common. Degree programs have classroom and clinical components, including science and health-related courses, such as biology, anatomy, physiology, and nutrition.

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredits athletic trainer programs, including postprofessional and residency athletic trainer programs.

High school students interested in postsecondary athletic training programs should take courses in anatomy, physiology, and physics.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Athletic trainers work with athletes and patients who may be in considerable pain or discomfort. The trainers must be sympathetic while providing treatments.

Decisionmaking skills. Athletic trainers must be able to make informed clinical decisions that could affect the health or livelihood of patients.

Detail oriented. Athletic trainers must record patients’ progress accurately and ensure that they are receiving the appropriate treatments or practicing the correct fitness regimen.

Interpersonal skills. Athletic trainers must have strong interpersonal skills in order to manage difficult situations. They must communicate well with others, including physicians, patients, athletes, coaches, and parents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Nearly all states require athletic trainers to be licensed or certified; requirements vary by state.  For specific requirements, contact the particular state’s licensing or credentialing board or athletic trainer association.

The Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC) offers the standard certification examination that most states use for licensing athletic trainers. Certification requires graduating from a CAATE-accredited program and completing the BOC exam. To maintain certification, athletic trainers must adhere to the BOC Standards of Practice and Disciplinary Process and take continuing education courses.


Assistant athletic trainers may become head athletic trainers, athletic directors, or physician, hospital, or clinic practice administrators. In any of these positions, they will assume a management role. Athletic trainers working in colleges and universities may pursue an advanced degree to increase their advancement opportunities.

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Real Assistant Athletic Trainer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Athletic Trainer Miami Dolphins, Ltd. Davie, FL Oct 24, 2016 $53,500
Assistant Athletic Trainer Miami Dolphins, Ltd. Davie, FL Sep 30, 2014 $53,500
Assistant Athletic Trainer Columbia University New York, NY Jul 01, 2010 $46,000
Assistant Athletic Trainer (Specialist 1A) University of Connecticut Storrs, CT Sep 10, 2015 $46,000
Assistant Athletic Trainer Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Aug 24, 2015 $46,000
Assistant Athletic Trainer Temple University--A Commonwealth University Philadelphia, PA Sep 15, 2015 $43,688
Assistant Athletic Trainer Suny College at Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY Aug 15, 2013 $43,681
Assistant Athletic Trainer Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY Dec 10, 2016 $43,404
Assistant Athletic Trainer Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY Aug 10, 2016 $43,404
Assistant Athletic Trainer The University of Vermont Burlington, VT Aug 15, 2011 $42,500
Assistant Athletic Trainer Bethune-Cookman University Inc. Daytona Beach, FL Jul 21, 2015 $42,000
Assistant Athletic Trainer Temple University--A Commonwealth University Philadelphia, PA Sep 15, 2012 $42,000
Assistant Athletic Trainer Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL Jul 01, 2015 $38,147
Assistant Athletic Trainer Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL Jun 30, 2012 $38,147
Assistant Athletic Trainer University of Miami-Human Resources Coral Gables, FL Sep 14, 2009 $38,000
Assistant Athletic Trainer Alcorn State University Alcorn State University, MS Jun 01, 2013 $38,000
Assistant Athletic Trainer Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL Sep 16, 2009 $37,753
Assistant Athletic Trainer The Univeristy of Southern Missisippi Hattiesburg, MS Sep 13, 2010 $37,597
Assistant Athletic Trainer Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL Aug 01, 2011 $37,504
Assistant Athletic Trainer University of Minnesota Crookston, MN May 01, 2014 $36,300
Assistant Athletics Trainer Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX Oct 21, 2013 $36,280
Assistant Athletic Trainer Texas A&M University-Commerce Commerce, TX Jan 10, 2016 $36,000
Assistant Athletic Trainer Miami University Oxford, OH Jan 07, 2010 $35,973
Assistant Athletic Trainer Miami University Oxford, OH May 01, 2011 $35,973
Assistant Athletic Trainer Canisius College Buffalo, NY Jul 14, 2012 $35,751
Assistant Athletic Trainer Longwood University Farmville, VA Nov 20, 2015 $35,000
Assistant Athletic Trainer University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA Jul 28, 2015 $35,000

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Top Skills for An Assistant Athletic Trainer


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Top Assistant Athletic Trainer Skills

  1. Game Coverage
  2. Athletic Injuries
  3. Medical Treatment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Communicated with head athletic trainer for game coverage, injury assessments, and training room supplies and essentials.
  • Evaluated athletic injuries, provided first aid, and referred athletes to a physician when necessary.
  • Hired to assess, treat, and refer injured athletes for advanced medical treatment during games and practices.
  • Served as the Certified Athletic Trainer for Men's Soccer, Men's Basketball & Baseball.
  • Record and maintain medical files and patient injury/progress notes.

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