Athletic Training FAQ's
Frequently Asked Question about Athletic Trainers
What does an Athletic Trainer do?
“Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.” As defined by the NATA.
Athletic trainers try to prevent injuries by educating people on how to reduce their risk for injuries, by advising people on the proper use of equipment, how to treat current injuries, choosing exercises to improve balance and strength, and design home exercises/physical therapy programs all on a tailored individual level. They also help apply protective or injury-preventive devices such as tape, bandages, and braces.
The American Medical Association has recognized athletic training as an allied health care profession since 1990. Athletic trainers help prevent and treat injuries for people of all ages. Their patients and clients include everyone from professional athletes to industrial workers.
Athletic trainers are one of the first healthcare providers on the scene when injuries occur. They are taught to be able to recognize, evaluate, and assess injuries and provide immediate care when needed. Athletic trainers should not be confused with fitness trainers or personal trainers, who are not healthcare workers, but rather train people to become physically fit.
A certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) takes on a wide variety of responsibilities depending on the work setting in which they are placed. There are five basic domains to which athletic trainers practice:
- Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion
- Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis
- Immediate and Emergency Care
- Therapeutic Intervention
- Healthcare Administration and Professional Responsibility
What are the major responsibilities of student athletic trainers?
A student Athletic Trainers main responsibility is to learn! Students will be taught a wide variety of information in the classroom setting and then be expected to perform techniques taught in class during experience hours so skills become perfected. Students Athletic Trainers will be responsible for helping to maintain the training room, perform certain taping/bandaging of athletes before practice and games, and also be a crucial part of the emergency response team. It is highly encouraged that a student athletic trainer be certified in CPR.
Where does an athletic trainer work?
Athletic trainers may work under the direction of a licensed physician and/or in cooperation with other healthcare providers. One of the benefits of the certified athletic trainer is that they get to know each patient/client individually and can treat injuries more effectively.
Athletic trainers work in a variety of different professional settings, including: professional and collegiate sports, secondary and intermediate schools, sports medicine clinics, hospital emergency rooms, rehabilitation clinics, occupational settings, performing arts, law enforcement, military, physician offices, and many others.
What is the future of athletic training?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics employment for athletic trainers is projected to grow much faster than average for all occupations. This is related to the athletic trainer’s role in preventing injuries and reducing healthcare costs. The salary of an athletic trainer depends on education, experience, job responsibilities, and varies by job setting. The top 10 percent earn more than $60,960. Many employers also pay for some of the continuing education required of athletic trainers.
When I leave LCC can I go to work as an Athletic Trainer?
This program allows the student to gain invaluable experience in athletic training while completing their basic college requirements. Once complete, the student will need to transfer to an accredited athletic training education program. Several Universities and Colleges in Kansas offer Athletic Training as a Major, as well as other surrounding states.
Where can I continue pursuing my degree in Athletic Training?
In Kansas: Benedictine College, Bethany College, Bethel College, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Kansas Wesleyan University, Mid America Nazarene University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College, University of Kansas, Washburn University, and Wichita State University all have accredited athletic training education programs.
In Oklahoma: East Central University, Oklahoma State University, Southern Nazarene University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma, and University of Tulsa all have accredited athletic training education programs.
In Missouri: Central Methodist University, Culver Stockton College, Lindenwood University, Missouri State University, Missouri Valley College, Park University, Saint Louis University, Southeast Missouri State University, Southwest Baptist University, Truman State University, University of Central Missouri, and William Woods University all have accredited athletic training education programs.