Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Athletic trainers’ work settings can include high schools, colleges, universities, professional sports teams, hospital emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers, military hospitals, physical therapy clinics, rehabilitation clinics, physicians’ offices, corporate and industrial institutions.
The clinical tasks routinely performed by athletic trainers :
-Injury/illness prevention and wellness protection
-Clinical evaluation and diagnosis
-Immediate and emergency care
-Treatment and rehabilitation
-Organizational and professional health and well-being
Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 37% from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, because of their role in preventing injuries and reducing healthcare costs. Job growth will be concentrated in the healthcare industry, including hospitals and offices of health practitioners.