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Athletic Training Major

Career Information

Typical Job Titles

  • High School Athletic Trainer
  • Sports Physical Therapist*
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Team Physician*
  • Massage Therapist
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Fitness Consultant
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Instructor
  • University Athletic Trainer
  • Teacher/Coach
  • Sports Club & Resort Mgr
  • Aerobics Instructor
  • Sports Dietician*
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Manager of Athletes
  • Sports Instructors
  • Fitness Center Coordinator
  • Cardiovascular Technician
  • Patient Care Representative
  • Fitness Consultant
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapy Aide

*Denotes need for additional education

Typical Places of Employment

  • Public and private secondary schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Professional Sports
  • Sports Medicine Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Corporate health programs
  • Clinical and industrial health care programs
  • Athletic training curriculum programs
  • Physical Therapy Clinics
  • Physicians Office

Typical Work Activities And Behaviors

The athletic trainer plays a unique and important role in the health care system of the 90's preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating sports injuries. In this role, the athletic trainer can help the physically active avoid unnecessary medical treatment and disruption of normal daily activities.

Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health care profession. Specifically, the athletic trainer specializes in five practice areas or domains:

  • Prevention of athletic injuries
  • Recognition, evaluation and immediate care of athletic injuries
  • Rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries
  • Health care administration
  • Education and counseling

As part of a complete health care team, the athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care workers, athletic administrators, coaches and parents. The athletic trainer gets to know each person individually and can therefore treat the injury appropriately.

An athletic trainer's day may, for example, include these tasks:

  • Preparing athletes for practice or competition including taping, bandaging, wrapping and bracing.
  • Evaluating injuries to decide if the physically active individual needs further medical treatment.
  • Developing conditioning and injury rehabilitation programs.

These duties require extensive knowledge and strong decision making skills, obtained through the athletic trainer's experience and education.

Additional Info in Career Services

These publications must be used in the "Browsing" Library of Career Services. There are also many brochures and magazines such as Resume Writing, Interviewing and Job Choices that you may take with you.

Books include:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Careers in Health Care
  • Careers in Focus: Sports
  • Opportunities in Sports and Fitness Careers

To see a complete list of career books located at the Career Services Office click here.

Brochures include:

  • Certified Athletic Trainers: Unique Health Care Providers
  • Minimizing the Risk of Injury
  • The ATC as Physician Extender
  • Athletic Training Career Information
  • The Certified Athletic Trainer

Alumni Resources

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

Melissa Meininger 1992 Independent Lifestyle Consultant Self Employed
Kevin Dart 1985 Executive Director, Ticket Operations New York Yankees
Scott Stansbury 2003 Athletic Trainer University of Notre Dame

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