Entry Level Education
Body Fluid Interaction
Evaluate and advise individuals to assist recovery from or avoid athletic-related injuries or illnesses, or maintain peak physical fitness. May provide first aid or emergency care.
What Athletic Trainer Do:
Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses. Athletic trainers typically do the following:
- Apply protective or injury-preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, and braces
- Recognize and evaluate injuries
- Provide first aid or emergency care
- Develop and carry out rehabilitation programs for injured athletes
- Plan and implement comprehensive programs to prevent injury and illness among athletes
- Perform administrative tasks, such as keeping records and writing reports on injuries and treatment programs
How to Become One:
This career requires at least a bachelor's degree in athletic training with a master's degree being most common. West Virginia requires registration with the WV Board of Physical Therapy where applicants must show certification from the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer.