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Working As A Student 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 Student 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 Student 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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Student Athletic Trainer Demographics

Gender

Female

51.0%

Male

37.1%

Unknown

11.9%
Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.3%

French

10.0%

Arabic

5.4%

Chinese

3.3%

Mandarin

2.9%

Russian

2.5%

Vietnamese

2.1%

Portuguese

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Italian

1.7%

Korean

1.2%

Gujarati

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Thai

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

German

0.8%

Swedish

0.4%

Luganda

0.4%

Hebrew

0.4%
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Student Athletic Trainer Education

Schools

Colorado State University

12.2%

California University of Pennsylvania

10.1%

University of Kentucky

5.3%

San Diego State University

5.3%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

5.0%

Baylor University

4.6%

Florida International University

4.6%

Texas A&M University

4.6%

Delta Technical College

4.6%

Brigham Young University

4.6%

Temple University

4.3%

Auburn University

4.3%

Northern Illinois University

4.1%

Seton Hall University

4.1%

University of Oklahoma

3.9%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

3.9%

University of Central Florida

3.6%

Illinois State University

3.6%

Weber State University

3.6%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.6%
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Majors

Athletic Training

32.8%

Kinesiology

25.0%

Physical Therapy

5.0%

Biology

4.6%

Business

4.5%

Nursing

3.7%

Psychology

3.1%

Health Education

2.6%

Medicine

2.1%

Education

1.9%

Physician Assistant

1.9%

Health And Wellness

1.8%

Exercise Physiology

1.7%

Health Sciences And Services

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Health Care Administration

1.4%

Medical Assisting Services

1.3%

Public Health

1.3%

Communication

1.1%

Medical Technician

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.9%

Masters

24.0%

Other

15.1%

Associate

5.0%

Doctorate

3.5%

Certificate

1.7%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Student Athletic Trainer

  1. Student Athletes
  2. Treatment Plans
  3. Soccer
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in treatment and rehabilitation of student athletes
  • Conducted initial athlete assessments and developed treatment plans of injured athletes under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Sport assignments included: Women's Soccer, Football, Women's Basketball, Track and Field, Men's Tennis.
  • Developed rehabilitation programs for athletes with acute and post-operative injuries to progress them towards full participation in sports.
  • Worked with the Softball team during the 2014 season and the Men's Basketball team during the 2014-15 season.

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