Athletic Trainer Career Guide
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An athletic trainer is a certified licensed health care professional who practices in the field of sport medicine. They work to help prevent, examine, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate sport related injuries and medical conditions, with the aim of getting people active and playing sports again.
The responsibilities of an athletic trainer include applying protective or injury prevention devices, evaluating an athletes readiness to play sport again, recognising and evaluating injuries, provide first aid and emergency care, developing rehabilitation programs, planning and implementing comprehensive programs to prevent injury and illness and to perform administrative tasks, such as keeping records and report writing.
To become an athletic trainer, you will need to gain a bachelor?s degree from accredited professional level education program, and then sit and pass the board of certification examination. With this long educational process, athletic trainers will also have to work long and unpredictable hours, especially if they work for sports teams. This means a career as an athletic trainer may be tough for those who thrive from routine. Athletic trainers will also have to work with unwilling and uncooperative people, which can make it challenging.
A career as an athletic trainer can also be competitive and tricky to get into. However, for those who like sport, it is an excellent way to combine passion with work, leading to incredibly high job satisfaction. Athletic trainers also have lots of choice as to who they would like to work for, ranging from competitive sports teams to working in a healthcare environment. On top of this, athletic trainers get to help all sorts of people to recover from injury and feel healthier and stronger.
To be a successful athletic trainer, it helps to have a genuine interest in sports. If you love sports and are able to work well under pressure, make decisions quickly and want to help others then you may have just found your ideal career?
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