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.
National Athletic Trainers' Association, Inc.
2952 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75247-6196
Phone: (214) 637-6282
Fax: (214) 627-2206
Last Updated: 05/21/2014