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What are your chances of being an athletic trainer for NFL?

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Manny’s Answer

Heres the link with vital information to assist you with your question about being an NFL athletic trainer.


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.
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Ted’s Answer

There are 145 trainers in the NFL. Currently, eight of them are women. Roughly 6% and that number continues to grow so I'd say your chances are pretty good.
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Bill’s Answer

Thanks for a great question Italy! I'm writing to you because I watched first hand how a good friend of mine became the Head Trainer for the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. Bud Carpenter and I attended Fredonia State University many years ago. Bud was a couple of years older and ran the intramural sports programs for the University as part of a work study program. I worked for Bud, refereeing and umpiring the various intramural sports - softball, basketball, flag football, etc. Bud was (still is!) a great guy, a caring, committed individual who people could count on for anything. He was always ready help, in any situation. One day, while I was refereeing a football game, there was a huge pileup on the sidelines. Another friend, a guy nicknamed "Nooch" broke his femur (that's the thigh bone, no small matter). Out of seemingly nowhere came Bud, running up to the pileup to tend to Nooch. He was a good student and knew what to. The people at Fredonia, always remembered Bud for that and other acts of good will, all the way through Graduate School. While he was running intramurals, he was also attending classes in Sports Medicine, Anatomy, Chiropractic studies, physical therapy, strength and conditioning - and all kinds of courses that a trainer would need. Bud wanted to eventually become a trainer for a major University. He did get his break along the way; one summer, The Buffalo Bills chose Fredonia State as the site for their summer training. Bud was the first to volunteer himself for "anything he could do" to help the Bills staff, if it meant driving golf carts they used to move equipment and players, if it meant cleaning the locker rooms, doing the teams laundry (pretty big job, no?), or keeping statistics - even making sure the players went to bed on time. In time, the Bill's management got to know Bud, and found out his dream, and offered him a low level training job. He became Head trainer over time - and even got to go with the Bills to 4 Super Bowls! On at least two occasions he saved some players lives - and their eventual return to walking after major spinal chord injuries. He was the Bills' Head trainor for over thirty years before he retired a couple of years ago.

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.

Good Luck!

Bill Glover
Senior Account Executive
Micro Focus