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Working As A Head 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 Head 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 Head 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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Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$171,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Los Angeles County
Highest Paying City
Sterling, CO
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Head Athletic Trainer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Head Athletic Trainer in the United States is $81,062 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $171,000.

Real Head Athletic Trainer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head Athletic Trainer (Athletic Trainer II) Wayne State University Detroit, MI Apr 22, 2009 $47,000
Head Athletic Trainer Wells College Aurora, NY Dec 18, 2016 $45,997
Head Athletic Trainer University of Montevallo Montevallo, AL Jun 06, 2014 $45,500
Taekwondo Athletic Trainer & Head Instructor Edison United Taekwondo LLC Edison, NJ Feb 20, 2012 $44,349
Taekwondo Athletic Trainer and Head Instructor Edison United Taekwondo LLC Edison, NJ Mar 13, 2012 $44,349
Head Athletic Trainer Wells College Aurora, NY Dec 18, 2013 $44,244
Head Athletic Trainer Mount Aloysius College Cresson, PA Dec 21, 2013 $43,672
Head Athletic Trainer Mount Aloysius College Cresson, PA Dec 11, 2014 $42,607
Head Athletic Trainer Hood College Frederick, MD Mar 21, 2011 $41,223
Head Athletic Trainer Spalding University Louisville, KY Jan 15, 2016 $40,470
Head Athlectic Trainer Miami Dade County Public Schools Miami, FL Oct 02, 2010 $39,000
Head Athletic Trainer Miami Dade County Public Schools Miami, FL Oct 02, 2010 $39,000

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Top Skills for A Head Athletic Trainer

  1. Athletic Injuries
  2. Game Coverage
  3. Sports Medicine Program
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop and implement emergency action plan for athletic injuries.
  • Work in conjunction with athletic directors to maintain medical supply inventory and game coverage coordination.
  • Administer athletic training and sports medicine programs that increase injury prevention capabilities and expedite recovery from injury.
  • Provided emergency care related to trauma wounds and orthopedic injuries.
  • Coordinated community outreach programs (Little League Baseball injury prevention programs, high school weekly injury clinics, etc.).

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  3. Rhode Island
  4. Texas
  5. Minnesota
  6. Vermont
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  8. Connecticut
  9. New Jersey
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Head Athletic Trainer Demographics

Gender

Male

50.8%

Female

39.7%

Unknown

9.5%
Ethnicity

White

65.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.3%

German

6.5%

French

6.5%

Russian

6.5%

Swedish

3.2%

Portuguese

3.2%

Chinese

3.2%

Dakota

3.2%

Mandarin

3.2%

Arabic

3.2%
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Head Athletic Trainer Education

Schools

California University of Pennsylvania

15.3%

Ohio University -

7.8%

University of Florida

6.5%

Florida International University

6.5%

Indiana State University

6.2%

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

6.2%

Auburn University

4.9%

Western Michigan University

4.9%

San Jose State University

4.9%

West Virginia University

4.2%

Nova Southeastern University

3.9%

Northern Illinois University

3.9%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.3%

Old Dominion University

3.3%

University of Texas at Tyler

3.3%

Bridgewater State University

3.3%

University of South Florida

2.9%

United States Sports Academy

2.9%

University of Phoenix

2.9%

University of Virginia

2.9%
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Majors

Athletic Training

37.2%

Kinesiology

21.2%

Health Education

8.6%

Education

4.1%

Medicine

4.0%

Business

3.6%

Physical Therapy

3.3%

Physician Assistant

2.9%

Educational Leadership

2.2%

Health Care Administration

1.9%

Exercise Physiology

1.7%

Nursing

1.6%

Psychology

1.4%

Health And Wellness

1.3%

Health Sciences And Services

1.0%

Rehabilitation Science

0.9%

Elementary Education

0.9%

Management

0.8%

Medical Assisting Services

0.8%

Biology

0.6%
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Degrees

Masters

52.7%

Bachelors

31.5%

Other

8.1%

Doctorate

4.0%

Certificate

1.6%

Associate

1.6%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.1%
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