Sports Trainer

A sports trainer works with athletes to prevent and treat injuries. They are often the first to respond to an injury, meaning they must assess the damage and determine if the athlete can continue to compete. They are especially skilled at using ice, heat, pain-relieving medicines, massage, and bandage wraps to allow athletes to play through pain or recover in time for the next event. Because trainers must attend athletic events, their work schedule can be irregular and they may need to travel often. Trainers need a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in athletic training or a related subject, but most have a Master’s or Ph.D. degree as well. Most states have their own licensing test and also require that trainers be certified with the national Board of Certification. Sports trainers find full-time and part-time work with high schools, universities, sports medicine clinics, and professional sports teams.

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