ATHLETIC TRAINERS are concerned with the prevention, recognition, management, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. They help athletes avoid unnecessary medical treatment and disruption of normal daily activities by overseeing programs to maintain their physical fitness and prevent injury. They make sure athletes are in the best physical condition and are able to withstand the rigors of competition. They organize and supervise physical examinations before the season starts. They evaluate the physical condition of athletes, confer with coaches and team physicians, and develop and prescribe exercise programs and diets. They advise players about nutrition, diet, weight control, etc.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $44,500 average per year ($21.50 per hour)
- A small occupation (16,300 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow rapidly (3.7% per year)
Employers prefer to hire ATHELTIC TRAINERS with at least a bachelor's degree in athletic training. Some employers prefer a master's degree. Curriculum includes formal instruction in prevention and evaluation of athletic injuries and illnesses, first aid and emergency care, therapeutic exercise, administration of athletic training programs, human anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics, nutrition, psychology, and personal and community health. Most states have taken action to license athletic trainers.