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Working As A Graduate 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

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer Do

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

Duties

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 A Graduate 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.

Education

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.

Advancement

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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Top Skills for A Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer

  1. Athletic Injuries
  2. Game Coverage
  3. Injury Documentation
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborate with physicians to develop and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries.
  • Provided practice and game coverage for collision teams and implemented and designed surgical and non-surgical rehabilitation programs for individual athletes.
  • Implemented athletic training skills through pre-practice setup, injury evaluations/rehabilitations, injury documentation, budget/supply management, and post-practice clean up.
  • Provided day-to-day medical coverage of Division I student-athletes primary responsibility with women s soccer.
  • Worked with the Women's Volleyball team and Women and Men's Cross Country team for the 2010 -2011 academic year.

Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer Demographics

Gender

Female

52.8%

Male

40.8%

Unknown

6.4%
Ethnicity

White

66.7%

Black or African American

11.9%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

81.3%

Russian

6.3%

Japanese

6.3%

French

6.3%
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Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer Education

Schools

California University of Pennsylvania

9.8%

Auburn University

6.9%

Lindenwood University

6.5%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

6.1%

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

6.1%

Kent State University

5.3%

San Jose State University

5.3%

Indiana State University

5.3%

Georgia State University

4.9%

University of Virginia

4.9%

Ohio University -

4.5%

Old Dominion University

4.5%

Illinois State University

4.1%

West Virginia University

4.1%

Fort Hays State University

3.7%

James Madison University

3.7%

University of Kentucky

3.7%

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

3.7%

Boston University

3.7%

Florida State University

3.7%
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Majors

Kinesiology

32.5%

Athletic Training

28.8%

Education

6.1%

Health Education

3.9%

Business

3.5%

Medicine

3.4%

Educational Leadership

3.2%

Exercise Physiology

2.8%

Health And Wellness

2.6%

Physical Therapy

2.3%

Health Care Administration

1.9%

Music

1.4%

Physician Assistant

1.3%

Psychology

1.1%

Physiology And Anatomy

1.0%

Health Sciences And Services

1.0%

Public Health

0.8%

Elementary Education

0.8%

Nursing

0.8%

Management

0.7%
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Degrees

Masters

82.1%

Bachelors

8.2%

Other

4.9%

Doctorate

2.8%

Certificate

0.9%

Associate

0.9%

License

0.1%
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