Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Athletic trainers develop training programs and routines designed to improve athletes’ performance and achieve their personal best.
  • They also assess sports injuries, providing appropriate treatment, educate athletes on injury-prevention programs, and healthy lifestyles as well as help with rehabilitation after an injury.
  • They conduct an initial assessment of an athlete's injury or illness in order to provide emergency or continued care, and to determine whether they should be referred to physicians for definitive diagnosis and treatment.
  • Athletic trainers advise athletes on the proper use of equipment and apply protective or injury preventive devices such as tape, bandages, or braces to body parts such as ankles, fingers, or wrists.
  • They work in collaboration with physicians and coaches, insuring that treatment plans are followed and athletes are not returned to the game prematurely.
  • Athletic trainers work with school sports teams, professional sports, or in sports medicine clinics or health clubs.
  • They spend much time in gyms and locker rooms and on the road traveling to games.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Can work irregular work hours.
  • Can work full-time year round or on a seasonal basis that varies with each sport.
  • May have to seek other employment in off-season; often this is found at hospitals or clinics.


Getting Started

Career Outlook