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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

    • 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.
    • Care for athletic injuries, using physical therapy equipment, techniques, or medication.
    • Evaluate athletes' readiness to play and provide participation clearances when necessary and warranted.
    • Perform general administrative tasks, such as keeping records or writing reports.
    • Clean and sanitize athletic training rooms.
    • Instruct coaches, athletes, parents, medical personnel, or community members in the care and prevention of athletic injuries.
    • Collaborate with physicians to develop and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries.
    • 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.
    • Inspect playing fields to locate any items that could injure players.
    • File athlete insurance claims and communicate with insurance providers.
    • Advise athletes on the proper use of equipment.
    • Confer with coaches to select protective equipment.
    • Develop training programs or routines designed to improve athletic performance.
    • Massage body parts to relieve soreness, strains, or bruises.
    • Teach sports medicine courses to athletic training students.
    • Conduct research or provide instruction on subject matter related to athletic training or sports medicine.
    • Recommend special diets to improve athletes' health, increase their stamina, or alter their weight.
    • 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.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


    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 that there is a problem.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Speech Clarity

      The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.


    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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    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:
    • Integrity
    • Concern for Others
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance


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