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Athletic Training

Certified athletic trainers are medical professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries to athletes and others who are engaged in everyday physical activities. Program graduates are prepared to enter the profession of Athletic Training with a comprehensive education experience that is enhanced through the interaction of their classroom, clinical, and professional education experiences. Students completing the Athletic Training Education Program recognize the necessity of the continued pursuit of educational opportunities and maintenance of professional excellence. Entry-level standards for entering the Athletic Training profession are defined by the Board of Certification's Role Delineation Study of the Entry-level Athletic Trainer and the educational standards to meet this end are maintained and monitored by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Program continually seeks to exceed these evolving standards.

Career Fields associated with Athletic Training Majors:

  • High School Athletic Trainer
  • Sports Physical Therapist
  • Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • Team Physician
  • Massage Therapist
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Fitness Consultant
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Instructor
  • College/University Athletic Trainer
  • Teacher Coach
  • Sports Club & Resort Management
  • Aerobics Instructor
  • Sports Dietician
  • Exercise Physiologist


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For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.


Related Skills:

  • Problem solving
  • Analyzing injuries
  • Demonstrating physical stretches and rehabilitative movements
  • Taping bandaging and stretching athletes
  • Operating modality machines and other training equipment
  • Monitoring rehabilitative programs
  • Maintain poise in emergency situations
  • Basic First-Aid and CPR skills/Certification
  • Record keeping
  • Implementing exercise and rehabilitation programs for athletes

Personal attributes associated with Athletic Training:

  • Value people
  • Good communication
  • Adaptable
  • Organization
  • Good time management
  • Able to overcome stress
  • Interest in constant learning
  • Independent