Athletic Training

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Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses. These trainers work with people of all ages and all skill levels, from young children to professional athletes. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician, as well as other healthcare providers (www.bls.gov).

While looking at the National Athletic Trainers Association website, I read about the Director of Medical Operations for the Colorado Rockies. He works Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., (and weekends on occasion). He works even more hours when traveling with the Colorado Rockies. His daily duties, in part, consist of management of the workers compensation program, budget development, management of major and minor league medical program, injury discussion for major and minor league, management of physician coverage, and management of physician relations for major and minor league.

For most jobs, athletic trainers need a bachelor's degree in athletic training from a college or university; however, master’s degrees are both desirable and common. The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accepts programs that fulfill their requirements. All programs have classroom and clinical components, including science and health-related courses, such as anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and biomechanics. Although these courses are required to become an athletic trainer, positions held at the college or university level may require a higher degree to increase job opportunities. Most states require athletic trainers be certified. The Board of Certification (BOC) requires completing the BOC exam, abiding by the BOC rules, and taking continuing education courses. Athletic trainers must graduate from a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education program before taking the BOC exam. Along with being certified, athletic trainers must be licensed. This also requires an athletic training program and...
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