About This Career Path
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.
Projected job openings through 2028
Evaluate athletes' readiness to play and provide participation clearances when necessary and warranted.
Care for athletic injuries, using physical therapy equipment, techniques, or medication.
Conduct an initial assessment of an athlete's injury or illness to provide emergency or continued care and to determine whether they should be referred to physicians for definitive diagnosis and treatment.
Assess and report the progress of recovering athletes to coaches or physicians.
Perform general administrative tasks, such as keeping records or writing reports.
Apply protective or injury preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, or braces, to body parts, such as ankles, fingers, or wrists.
Plan or implement comprehensive athletic injury or illness prevention programs.
Collaborate with physicians to develop and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries.
Advise athletes on the proper use of equipment.
Travel with athletic teams to be available at sporting events.
Common knowledge, skills & abilities needed to get a foot in the door.
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