Essay about Athletic Training

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Athletic Training     
Definition of an Athletic Trainer
     An Athletic trainer can work for high schools, colleges, universities, and also for professional sports teams. Athletic Trainers prevent, examine, and treat injuries of athletes. Before and after games and practices they also treat minor injuries such as wrapping bandages around sprang ankles or wrists or spray an antiseptic on an knee that has an abrasion. Trainers do not work alone, they work with the team coaches, physicians, and the equipment manager.
Responsibilities
     Athletic trainers work along with the team coaches, physicians, and equipment manager to see that the players are receiving the
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They work in Athletic training rooms, gyms, playing fields, aquatic areas, track fields, sports medicine clinics, classrooms, fitness rooms, and health clubs (NATA, 2000). They must also be in the dugout or on the sidelines while the team is playing. They may also work in hot, cold, or rainy weather. The job also consist of working nights and weekends along with traveling with the team. Athletic trainers also work with a variety of athletes so they mus be able to get along well with many different typed of people. They should be able to recognize an injured player when they see one. Another condition is that the trainer must also enjoy sports so that they receive satisfaction by helping athletes perform better.
Salary Range
     The salary in the field of athletic training vary depending on where and who you work for. The salary can range from $23,000 to over $115,000. While working in the school system the range will be from $23,00 to
$60,000 depending on the type and size of school, the importance that the administration puts on the athletic programs, the prestige, and location of the schools. Athletic trainers working for professional teams earn from $25,000 to $115,000 plus (E.M. Guild, Inc. 1995). The salary for the professional teams also depend on the type of team, its prestige, and the responsibilities and experience of the trainer.
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