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Athletic Trainers

Evaluate and treat musculoskeletal injuries or illnesses. Provide preventive, therapeutic, emergency, and rehabilitative care.

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    Work Activities

    • Evaluate athletes' readiness to play and provide participation clearances when necessary and warranted.
    • Care for athletic injuries, using physical therapy equipment, techniques, or medication.
    • Conduct an initial assessment of an athlete's injury or illness to provide emergency or continued care and to determine whether they should be referred to physicians for definitive diagnosis and treatment.
    • Assess and report the progress of recovering athletes to coaches or physicians.
    • Perform general administrative tasks, such as keeping records or writing reports.
    • Apply protective or injury preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, or braces, to body parts, such as ankles, fingers, or wrists.
    • Plan or implement comprehensive athletic injury or illness prevention programs.
    • Collaborate with physicians to develop and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries.
    • Advise athletes on the proper use of equipment.
    • File athlete insurance claims and communicate with insurance providers.
    • Instruct coaches, athletes, parents, medical personnel, or community members in the care and prevention of athletic injuries.
    • Inspect playing fields to locate any items that could injure players.
    • Develop training programs or routines designed to improve athletic performance.
    • Recommend special diets to improve athletes' health, increase their stamina, or alter their weight.
    • Teach sports medicine courses to athletic training students.
    • Conduct research or provide instruction on subject matter related to athletic training or sports medicine.
    • Confer with coaches to select protective equipment.
    • Massage body parts to relieve soreness, strains, or bruises.
    • Perform team support duties, such as running errands, maintaining equipment, or stocking supplies.


    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.


    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 48560/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,290
    • Yearly Projected Openings 90

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    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Concern for Others
    • Integrity
    • Initiative


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