On the Sidelines
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are multi-skilled, mid-level health care professionals who work under the direction of physicians as prescribed by state licensure statutes. The term “Athletic Trainer” comes from the profession’s historical roots, but today’s ATs provide medical services to all types of people (not just athletes), and they do not “train” people as personal or fitness trainers do. Athletic Training students are educated to provide comprehensive client/patient care in five areas: prevention, clinical evaluation, immediate and emergency care, therapeutic intervention, and treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, rehabilitating, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses. They work with people of all ages and all skill levels, from young children to soldiers and professional athletes.
Average Annual Salary$44,847
Potential Career PathsAthletic Trainers
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Occupational Outlook Handbook