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Become A Resident Athletic Trainer

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Working As A Resident 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 Resident 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 Resident 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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Resident Athletic Trainer Demographics

Gender

Female

49.8%

Male

33.9%

Unknown

16.4%
Ethnicity

White

55.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

12.7%

Asian

11.0%

Unknown

5.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.0%

Korean

10.0%

Bengali

10.0%

Tagalog

10.0%
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Resident Athletic Trainer Education

Schools

New York University

9.7%

Valencia College

6.9%

University of South Florida

5.6%

Temple University

5.6%

New York College of Podiatric Medicine

5.6%

Saint Petersburg College

5.6%

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

5.6%

The Academy

5.6%

Eastern Florida State College

4.2%

Miami Dade College

4.2%

Barry University

4.2%

Boston University

4.2%

Saint Louis University-

4.2%

North Carolina Central University

4.2%

Western Illinois University

4.2%

Michigan State University

4.2%

Florida State University

4.2%

Howard University

4.2%

Herzing University

4.2%

Hillsborough Community College

4.2%
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Majors

Medicine

23.6%

Business

10.1%

Nursing

10.1%

Podiatric Medicine

5.2%

Pharmacy

4.5%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Biology

4.1%

Education

4.1%

Athletic Training

3.7%

Veterinary Science

3.4%

Medical Technician

3.4%

Physical Therapy

3.4%

Psychology

3.0%

Medical Assisting Services

3.0%

Kinesiology

2.6%

Communication

2.6%

General Studies

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Clinical Psychology

2.2%

Public Health

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

24.7%

Doctorate

23.8%

Bachelors

21.3%

Masters

18.3%

Associate

6.8%

Certificate

3.8%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.5%
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The national average salary for a Resident Athletic Trainer in the United States is $80,126 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 $168,000.

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Top Skills for A Resident Athletic Trainer

  1. Internal Medicine
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  3. Daily Living
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  • Participated in lots of clinical activities with other internal medicine residents.
  • Provided direct care, assisted clients in daily living skills, and aided in the facilitation of group sessions.
  • Maintained accurate records of patient care, condition, progress and concerns.
  • Gained extensive practical experience in basic general medicine, and had clinical rotations in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.

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Top 10 Best States for Resident Athletic Trainers

  1. Michigan
  2. Rhode Island
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Texas
  5. Hawaii
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Connecticut
  8. New Jersey
  9. Minnesota
  10. Wisconsin
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