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How to become an athletic trainer.

How many hours do you work in a typical day? Tell me about you're background, including education and experience. What kind of people do you work with? who do you serve? who are your colleagues? Describe a challenging situation you've had in your job. If I were interested in pursuing your career, what classes do you think i should be taking in high school?

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Matt’s Answer

Some career opportunities for athletic trainers include high schools and universities, hospitals, and private practices for sports medicine. My brother is an athletic trainer at the high school level. He is head athletic trainer and has a team of trainers that report to him and is also a part time teacher. So he interacts with the school administration, coaches, athletic trainers under him, and of course the student athletes. The hours can be long during the school year specially when multiple sport are going at once, but has "summers off". If you are working at a hospital or private practice, you would be interacting with the staff and "customers". I know that some high schools don't have a dedicated athletic trainer on staff and may contract with a private practice. Anyway, since I'm not an athletic trainer myself, hope others will chime in.
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"Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences.

To become an athletic trainer, candidates must graduate with a degree in Athletic Training from an accredited athletic training program and successfully pass the Board of Certification (BOC) Exam. To practice as an athletic trainer in most states, the individual must also be credentialed within the state. Degrees in physical therapy, exercise science, strength and conditioning or others DO NOT qualify the candidate to sit for the BOC examination. Visit our BOC exam and pass rate page for more information on the exam. You can also view our accredited programs’ graduates performance on the exam on our Program Outcomes page.

Soon all Professional Athletic Training Programs will only result in Masters Degree. More information about the degree can be found below.
For more details on what services a practicing athletic trainer provides prospective students can view pictures below, and also visit this webpage: http://www.nata.org/athletic-training"
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