An athletic trainer is a highly skilled health practitioner specializing in sports medicine. Athletic trainers play a significant role in the management, prevention and rehabilitation of injured athletes. Under the supervision of a licensed physician, athletic trainers administer immediate emergency and follow-up care to optimize one’s ability to participate in activity. They develop athletic injury prevention and treatment programs using their strong knowledge of biomechanics, anatomy and pathology.
Athletic trainers also provide a vital communication link between the injured athlete, the physician, the coach, and sometimes the athlete's family, to determine when it’s right to return to practice and competition.
- Colleges and universities
- Professional sports
- Sports medicine clinics
- Secondary schools
- Other specialized companies like dance or entertainment (circus troupe)
Exposure to the Field, Shadowing, and Volunteering
Prospective applicants should familiarize themselves with the duties, activities, and skills of athletic trainers before applying. Many schools require a minimum number of observation hours that an applicant must have with a certified athletic trainer. Opportunities can be found in places like colleges and universities, secondary schools and sports medicine clinics.