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A degree in athletic training prepares an individual with the skills and knowledge necessary to deal with physical injury, including the breaking of bones and muscle sprains. Athletic trainers are usually the first to deal with injuries and work with children, soldiers, professional and amateur athletes. Athletic trainers must have at least a bachelor's degree and typically require some form of state license in order to work within the state. Athletic trainers are also responsible for injury prevention, either by educating individuals or by recognizing risks and assisting in minimization.
A curriculum in athletic training may include:
- Therapeutic Modalities
- Advanced First Aid
Athletic trainers work under the auspices of a physician, and often consult with physicians as to the treatment. Within a sports environment athletic trainers will treat individuals as directed by a physician and will, in case of injury, most likely be the first on the field to treat the injured. The role of the athletic trainer extends beyond sports, having uses on the battle field for the military, and among children in schools and other child heavy locations.
The minimum education necessary to become an athletic trainer is a bachelor's degree, though a master's degree will open up many more opportunities and increase the likelihood of promotion. State licensure is necessary to operate as an athletic trainer, and the requirements are different for each state. Interested individuals should inquire as to their state requirements when preparing for a career as an athletic trainer.
The average salary for an athletic trainer is approximately $42,000 dollars per year, though experience, location and employer can play a large role in one's salary. Job growth for athletic trainers is expected to grow much faster than average over the next decade, partly due to the growing role of athletic trainers and partly due to the increased interest in preventative health care.