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  • What can I do with an Athletic Training Major?

    Professional Sports
    Athletic trainers also provide their expertise of musculoskeletal injury prevention, rehabilitation and treatment to the professional sports world. With their unique skill set, athletic trainers have been trusted by the worlds’ best athletes for years. Approximately 800 NATA members work for professional teams and leagues, including: the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, NHL, PGA, professional tennis, auto racing and even the rodeo.

    Colleges & Universities

    Twenty percent of all athletic trainers are employed in the college and university settings to provide athletic training services to collegiate sports programs and/or the general student population. Additionally, there are approximately 360 athletic training educational programs which employee athletic trainers as full-time faculty, split appointments with athletics or as clinical instructors.

    Secondary Schools

    Many athletic trainers work in the high school and middle school settings via direct employment with schools and districts and on an outreach basis from clinics and hospitals. More than 21 percent of NATA members provide service to secondary schools. In 1998, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a policy recommending that certified athletic trainers be available to all schools with athletics programs.

    Hospital & Clinical

    Athletic trainers (ATs) are routinely employed in hospitals, clinics and orthopedic, family, pediatric, physiatry and sports medicine office practices. ATs working in these settings improve productivity, patient outcomes and satisfaction. They help move patients more effectively and efficiently through the appointment, evaluation and treatment process. By providing quality services to more patients in the same period of time, physicians are able to increase patient throughput and revenue generation. Today many physicians are choosing to hire athletic trainers as a part of their office staff. Athletic trainers provide value to the practice through skills in triage, taking patient histories, performing evaluations, providing instruction on exercise prescriptions, rehabilitation and general patient education.

    Industrial/Occupational

    In the industrial setting, athletic trainers develop and manage programs designed to keep employees working at full capacity, improving company productivity and even help reduce health care and insurance costs. The industrial/occupational athletic trainer is knowledgeable in the design, implementation and measurement of injury prevention, injury reduction and return to work programs. Certified athletic trainers are highly qualified, highly motivated health care providers that can help a company achieve its health, safety and profitability goals.

    Military/Law Enforcement/Government

    A growing number of athletic trainers are employed with the military, public safety or government to use of the athletic trainer’s skill sets applied to tactical athletes – those who by the nature of their job requirements will engage in high risk actions which entail speed, strength, agility, aerobic and anaerobic fitness. For their personal safety as well as the safety of others it is essential that public safety employees maintain a level of health and fitness above that of the average citizen. The injured tactical athlete must be evaluated, treated, rehabilitated and reconditioned to the level where they are not at risk for injury or re-injury. The athletic trainer provides multi-level health care interventions, prevention initiatives, rehabilitation and reconditioning keeping public safety athletes able to “take care of us.”

    Performing Arts

    Certified athletic trainers have been working with performing artists for more than 25 years. World-renowned entertainment venues and performing arts groups such as Cirque du Soleil, Disney World and Disneyland, Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Cincinnati Ballet and Blue Man Group utilize an athletic training program to keep their performers in peak condition. Performing Arts athletic trainers provide specialized injury prevention and rehabilitative care to dancers, musicians and vocalists. Studies show that the on-site medical care that the certified athletic trainer can provide to performers reduces both the frequency and severity of injuries as well as reducing operating and production costs.

    Physician Extender

    Athletic trainers (ATs) are routinely employed in hospitals, clinics and orthopedic, family, pediatric, physiatry and sports medicine office practices. ATs working in these settings improve productivity, patient outcomes and satisfaction. They help move patients more effectively and efficiently through the appointment, evaluation and treatment process. By providing quality services to more patients in the same period of time, physicians are able to increase patient throughput and revenue generation. Today many physicians are choosing to hire athletic trainers as a part of their office staff. Athletic trainers provide value to the practice through skills in triage, taking patient histories, performing evaluations, providing instruction on exercise prescriptions, rehabilitation and general patient education.