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Athletic Training

What is Athletic Training? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links OSU Athletic Training Program

What is Athletic Training?

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. Athletic trainers work in a variety of settings, including sports medicine clinics, hospitals, high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports teams, and corporate/industrial settings.

Certified Athletic Trainers are also sometimes referred to as sports therapists or sports medicine practitioners and are the centerpiece of the sports medicine team. They serve as a liasson to the athlete, coach, physician and other supplemental personnel providing care to athletes sustaining physical or emotional trauma. Specifically, the Certified Athletic Trainer's role delineation encompasses six domains:

  1. Athletic Injury Prevention and Risk Management
  2. Recognition, Evaluation and Assessment of Injuries and Illnesses
  3. Immediate Care of Injuries
  4. Treatment, Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
  5. Health Care Organization and Administration
  6. Professional Development and Responsibility

Athletic Training - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Related Careers

Some of these careers require further education:

Aerobics Instructor Fitness Consultant Personal Trainer Strenth & Conditioning Coach
Athletic Trainer/Assistant Fitness Instructor Sports Club & Resort Manager Teacher
Coach High School Athletic Trainer Sports Dietician Team Physician
Exercise Physiologist Massage Therapist Sports Physical Therapist University Athletic Trainer

Some typical employers:

Amateur Sports Teams International Athletic Organizations
College & Universities Professional Sports Teams
Corporate Settings Public & Private High Schools
Health & Fitness Centers Sports Medicine Clinics
Hospitals United States Olympic Centers

Related Skills

Analyzing Injuries Motor Skills
Basic First Aid & CPR Skills/Certification Operating Modality Machines & Training Equipment
Communication Problem Solving
Deductive Reasoning Skills Proficient Knowledge in Anatomy, Physiology & Biology
Demonstrating Physical Stretches & Rehabilitative Movements Recording, Organizing & Storing Information on Clients
Good Judgement & Decision-making Refering Athletes to Appropriate Physicians
Implement Exercise & Rehabilitation Programs Taping, Bandaging, & Stretching Athletes
Maintain Poise in Emergency Situations Work Well Under Stress
Monitor Rehabilitative Programs Working with People

Job & Internship Search Links

NCAA Job Opportunities - a great resource for finding jobs with the NCAA in college athletics, national offices and elegibility centers.

Exercise Jobs.Com - a great resource that matches qualified fitness job candidates with employers.

Sports Medicine Jobs - sports medicine job bank by state.

Sports Medicine.Com - career information and resources dedicated to sports medicine.

Athletic Trainer


Sports & Live Event Jobs

Major League Athletic Trainers

Coaching Career Opportunities

Sports Jobs & Internships

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook - the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Online Sports Career Center - a resource for sports-related career opportunities and a resume bank for potential employers within the many segments of the Sports and Recreation Industries.

Athletic Training Careers

Get Certified

Certified Athletic Trainers

Jobs & Careers in Sports

Professional Association Links

Association for Applied Sport Psychology - a great organization that promotes and provides information about the ethical practice, science, and advocacy of sport and exercise psychology. The AASP also provides the opportunity for certification to qualified professionals who practice sport, exercise, and health psychology.

National Athletic Trainers' Association - a resource for information on careers and education for athletic trainers.

American Physical Therapy Association - The APTA is a great resource for PTs and people looking to become PTs with lots of career and education information.

Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

Board of Certification


National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association

American Physical Therapy Association

American Society of Exercise Physiologists

National Strengthening and Conditioning Association

Miscellaneous Links

Journal of Atheletic Training

Athletic Training and Sports Health Care

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