Athletic Trainer

One good career in sports medicine is Athletic Training. In this kind of job, an individual must be ready for long periods of education, training, hands- on practice and examinations for licensing. It also requires stamina and good physical shape, much like the athletes being handled. The long working hours and travelling will have a great demand on the body because athletes are undergoing constant training and their athletic trainers must always be there to supervise them.

Athletic trainers are responsible for the management, prevention, detection, and retraining of injured athletes. In the team’s medical attendants, the athletic trainers are supervised by the licensed physician to give immediate emergency measures and follow- up care. It is also their job to suggest and utilize the right equipment suited to their team. All aspects of performance and maintenance of the team rely mostly on the athletic trainer. Athletic trainers are well educated on injury prevention, detection and treatment because of their background on anatomy, physiology and sports science. Athletic trainer’s also coordinate the current health status of their athletes to the physician, coach, their families and other team members to determine whether an injured athlete should return to training. To become a certified athletic trainer, one must be educated in the health sciences, with a detailed background on sports injuries, its common causes and its treatments. The basic foundations in sports, biomechanics and athletics is also a must know for the athletic trainer. Other subjects usually taken up are nutrition, strength training and therapeutic exercises. Athletic trainers work in coordination with physicians and rehabilitation specialists in the health care teams of secondary, collegiate, university level and professional sports teams. Athletic trainers may also have administrative roles which include holding regular meetings with other administrative officers of a school or team to deal with budgets, rules and policies and other businesses regarding the team and its performance.

The usual work schedules of athletic trainers are longer and inconsistent. This means that work schedules depend on the team’s practice days and competition days in which the athletic trainer has to be present at all times. Game days may be morning or night and weekdays or weekends. Changes are also very frequent when competitions are rescheduled. This just proves that indeed, the work of an athletic training is very physically demanding. There are also some stresses and inconvenience in their nature of work since athletic trainers not only handle the over-all health of single athlete, but most of time, for a whole team. For some, it becomes more challenging when a single athlete is given to them for special care, training and attention. Basic psychological therapy knowledge is then put into play when athletes are overcome by frustration and low self- esteem. The pressure to win is also a big factor that affects an athletic trainer’s health since it is their responsibility to keep athletes in top shape which is essential to winning. Career opportunities for athletic trainers are favourable. Annually, the profession grows by approximately 10% giving a good career outlook.

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