Basic Job Description:
Evaluate, advise, and treat athletes to assist recovery from injury, avoid injury, or maintain peak physical fitness.
1) 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.
2) Care for athletic injuries using physical therapy equipment, techniques, and medication.
3) Evaluate athletes' readiness to play, and provide participation clearances when necessary and warranted.
4) Apply protective or injury preventive devices such as tape, bandages, or braces to body parts such as ankles, fingers, or wrists.
5) Assess and report the progress of recovering athletes to coaches and physicians.
6) Collaborate with physicians in order to develop and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries.
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7) Advise athletes on the proper use of equipment.
8) Plan and implement comprehensive athletic injury and illness prevention programs.
9) Develop training programs and routines designed to improve athletic performance.
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10) Travel with athletic teams in order to be available at sporting events.
11) Instruct coaches, athletes, parents, medical personnel, and community members in the care and prevention of athletic injuries.
12) Inspect playing fields in order to locate any items that could injure players.
13) Conduct research and provide instruction on subject matter related to athletic training or sports medicine.
14) Recommend special diets in order to improve athletes' health, increase their stamina, and/or alter their weight.
15) Massage body parts in order to relieve soreness, strains, and bruises.
16) Confer with coaches in order to select protective equipment.
17) Accompany injured athletes to hospitals.
18) Perform team-support duties such as running errands, maintaining equipment, and stocking supplies.
19) Lead stretching exercises for team members prior to games and practices.
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Holland / RIASEC Career Code: S-R-I SOC: 29-9091.00