Athletic Trainer

Athletic trainers work in various settings ranging from working with school athletics to working with professional sportsí teams to working in a sports clinic. No matter where the work is taking place, there are some key things that every athletic trainer does. One of the chief duties of an athletic trainer is to provide services to prevent injuries/illness. This can be done by taking medical histories of athletes and screening them for health problems, keeping medical records, identifying risk factors associated with the sport(s) being played, ensuring athletes wear proper protective gear, and working with coaches to develop weight training and fitness programs. In order to do most of these things, an athletic trainer must attend many practices and games.

Athletic Trainer

An athletic trainer also must be able to inspect equipment to ensure that everything is in good condition and inspect the playing areas for possible risks to athletes. In the event of an injury, an athletic trainer must know how to treat many injuries that can occur during practice or events including blisters, muscular cramps, minor sprains, etc. The trainer treats these and other injuries using ice packs, heat, electrical stimulation, taping, and other means. After an injury, an athletic trainer develops programs for rehabilitation.

Athletic trainers communicate with others on a daily basis and must have good communication skills and be able to work with others. Trainers must be able to effectively communicate with athletes, coaches, other health care professionals, and parents. An athletic trainer must be able to inform athletes of safety precautions, the importance of taking care of oneself, risks associated with their athletic activities, and how to properly use the gear and/or equipment. A trainer must inform coaches, and parents when appropriate, of an athleteís injuries and whether or not it is safe for the athlete to resume playing. Additionally, an athletic trainer must be able to work and communicate with other health care professionals when further care is necessary, particularly if a serious injury occurs.


Athletic trainersí salaries vary a great deal depending on the type of employment (academic, professional sportsí teams, clinic, etc.), experience, educational level, and geographic area. With a non-teaching position in schools or colleges, one starts at $16,000 - $27,000/yr.; with a teaching position or in sports medicine clinics, the starting salary is $27,000 - $30,000/yr. The average salary is approximately $34,000 - $41,000/yr. in high schools, $43,000 - $54,000/yr. in colleges/universities, and $38,000 - $43,000 in clinics. The top salaries are earned by athletic trainers that work with professional teams, and the salary range is $50,000 - $65,000, though some earn over $100,000.

National Athletic Trainers' Association, Inc.
2952 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75247-6196
Phone: (214) 637-6282
Fax: (214) 627-2206

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Last Updated: 05/21/2014