Look, as an experienced personal trainer, it's definitely in your best interest to simply be amongst the best athletic trainers in the industry. Of course you'll need experience but get valuable experience with your time and the very moment you become certified. Look into an NFL or close enough professional level-athletic-training internship, even if un-paid. Invest your time now , so you can make that experience as beneficial as possible for yourself. Be diverse in your knowledge; expand it to not only whats basically required as an athletic trainer but be prepared to learn even more. Know more than the average athletic trainer going into the industry. Have knowledge/experience with being an athlete yourself and what the demands from a trainer is and use that to make yourself better. Spend time with the physical therapist, previous (experienced) trainers, athletes, etc.. so you can simply be even more knowledgeable and relate to those you'll be working with in-depth. Do your best.
Best of luck.
Italy - all the things I described are things you can do to pursue your dream. Be there for others, be dependable, work hard - be the first to come in and the last to leave. Study hard! Learn the things you'll need any way you can. Volunteer at your local fire department to help the rescue teams - like Bud did. Ask your high school if you can work the sidelines at games - take that experience and work ethic to college - and beyond. If you remain committed, you can go just about wherever you want.
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