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How has COVID-19 affected the jobs of athletic trainers? #athletictrainer #sportsmedicine #kinesiology

Non-essential offices or jobs have been temporarily shut down by the government do to the COVID-19 virus. As an athletic trainer, how has it affected your job? #athletictrainer #sportsmedicine #kinesiology


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Samuel’s Answer

Greetings all. My name is Samuel Colis Achiles. I am currently a recent graduate from California State University Dominguez Hills. I happen to graduate with a major in kinesiology, which encompasses the field of physical therapy, sports medicine, and to a certain extent, athletic training. We all know how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all businesses, especially in the public sector. This particularly affects businesses in athletic training and sports medicine, because facilities that provide such services require one-on-one, intimate, close-quarters, and hands-on appointments with individual patients. As we all know, with social distancing ordinances in effect, such facilities, along with its services, are suspended and closed to the public, in order to maintain social distancing. This also particularly affects me, since I am also currently searching for an internship opportunity within the field of kinesiology, yet I am experiencing constant, and understandable, delays in my application. However, there are also virtual options for opportunities in the field of physical therapy, sports medicine, and athletic training. During this pandemic, many professionals and their clients made constant use of ZOOM, where they could arrange for virtual, face-to-face meetings whilst maintaining social distancing. For instance, as mentioned in Erik's answer above, trainers can use ZOOM to conduct virtual sessions with their students and clients. I myself have had experience using ZOOM, especially while doing an exercise lab for my class. This has become a fast and reliable alternative to conducting business in this manner.

That is all the advice I could muster. I hope this helps, and stay safe!

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Erik’s Answer

I'm not in this field or profession personally but I think I can shed some light because I have experiences that occur now during these difficult times. Before COVID19, i was a frequent gym goer. When the mandatory stay at home orders hit, I was stuck at home with no gym to attend. A personal trainer that I became friendly with offered to train me virtually and advised on the equipment that can be purchased on Amazon or even home made equipment with everyday items you might have at home. Although the experience of working out is different, I can very much say that the level of intensity during workouts haven't subsided. I'm still keeping fit at home by following this trainer virtually using zoom conferencing. Also, my daughter attends martial arts via Zoom with her Masters at Tae Kwon Do.

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Lisa’s Answer

My son is a Head Athletic Trainer at a college. He is doing 1 on 1 appointments with his athletes along with working in the local hospital, who is also his employer. He's learning areas of the medical field that he hasn't had to do in his experience to this point. He's ready and willing to assist if the hospital needs him to assist with patients due to Covid-19.

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My son is a Head Athletic Trainer at a college. He is doing 1 on 1 appointments with his athletes along with working in the local hospital, who is also his employer. He's learning areas of the medical field that he hasn't had to do in his experience to this point. He's ready and willing to assist if the hospital needs him to assist with patients due to Covid-19.

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