Athletic trainers provide health care services to athletes and other physically active individuals. To help athletes prevent injuries, certified athletic trainers develop conditioning and nutrition programs. When injuries occur, athletic trainers conduct the initial evaluation and supervise treatment and rehabilitation under the direction of a physician.
Athletic trainers may be employed by middle schools or high schools, colleges, universities, professional athletic teams, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, health clubs, or corporate health programs.
Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase as people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries, and as the middle-aged and older population remains active.
A bachelor’s degree is required. Many athletic trainers earn advanced degrees. The National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) must certify athletic trainers after they have graduated from an approved universities and successfully completed a certification exam.
A license is required in the state of Connecticut. Prerequisite: Connecticut requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, hold and maintain certification from the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer
National Athletic Trainers’ Association
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