Honestly, I don't really face many challenges at my current position, aside from the usual stubborn athlete who won't listen to you. Most athletic trainers would say the hours worked and low pay (compared the the education required which is a masters degree now. You could expect to work 50+ hours/week and get a 30-40k salary at some positions while others are much better). These aren't really issues for me. Some other issues could be a disrespectful coaching staff or atheltic director but as younger people begin to take positions who know what an AT does this is becoming less frequent, again not an issue for me. Probably the major challenge that plaques AT is the lack of awareness of what we do and our value to a healthcare team.