Athletic trainers generally work in the company of athletes, athletic teams, physicians and coaches. The basic athletic trainer responsibilities are to provide rehabilitation care to the injured or accident prone patients, guide them on their diet and nutrition plans and provide them with immediate medical aid in an emergency situation.
Athletic trainers are mostly referred to as allied healthcare professional by the American Medical Association. It is his primary responsibility to provide care and medical treatment for the athletes who have got injured. However, they function under the supervision and consultation of the physicians. They are involved in preventing the injuries and are actively involved in the rehabilitation programs for faster recovery. Let us see in detail the key responsibilities that need to be handled by an athletic trainer:
He also meets and participates in the meetings that involve discussion about the latest sports equipments which need to be bought, their budget plans, recommendations for improvement in policy procedures and any other related issue that will assist in the development of athletes. He should be able to provide an accurate feedback about the health and fitness status of his athlete team mates. He provides an appropriate direction regarding the fitness of a particular athlete and gives clearance for participating in sports events.
To ensure success as an athletic trainer you need to have at least some of the following essential skills:
Those who are planning to take up a sports career and work as an athletic trainer should have a minimum of bachelor's degree in biomechancis, nutrition, physiology or anatomy. A master's or a doctoral degree would definitely prove to be an additional advantage. A sports medicine degree and NATA certification would be helpful.
Work Hours and Salary Details
The work hours vary according to the timings of practice sessions and schedules of sports events or competitions. During the peak season work hours last up to fifty five to sixty hours per week. During off season he will need to work for not more than forty to forty five hours per week.
The salary varies depending on the location, experience, skills and academic qualifications. The average annual salary normally ranges between $40,000 to $55,000.
The career prospects are really bright for those individuals who have demonstrated excellent track record of success. They can be promoted to upper management or supervisory positions depending on their performance.
Thus an athletic trainer responsibilities need to be carried out efficiently to prevent injuries thereby ensuring excellent physical and mental fitness of the athletes.