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Careers in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

the passion to help others is a strong personal trait, sports medicine could be the right
career path.
To illustrate the importance of positive personal attributes, an athletic training
room filled with athletic training students wearing jeans, sandals, and ball caps
will not convey the professional image needed in this profession. Although this
may be stylish for a high school student, it is not the image needed to provide the
athletes, coaches, administrators, and parents confidence in this profession. Personal attributes are important, and although every setting in sports medicine may
have similarities and differences, these are some examples of essential personal
attributes:
People skills: Anyone working in health care must like people and like to be
around them. Many situations will occur during which the health care professional may have to be the mediator in a problem.
Communication skills: With the many ways to communicate now, a person
seeking a career in sports medicine must be able to explain important medical information to patients, parents, coaches, and others in terms they can
understand. Communication in sports medicine is using technology to provide information or verbally teaching information that must then be put into
physical action wherein the patient or athlete will learn to take ownership
of the situation. Communication also sometimes involves being the bearer
of bad news, such as when an athlete tears his ACL and the sports medicine
professional must explain the next steps, one being the possibility of having
surgery and missing the playing season.
Leadership skills: When you are working a football game and an athlete has a
possible broken neck, you must have skills to competently provide direction
and control in the situation. You must walk the walk and talk the talk of a
leader, being positive and sincere without being patronizing. Leadership is
confidence; confidence is acquired through knowledge.
Compassion: What if the starting guard on the basketball team blows her ACL
and the athlete knows she is done for the season and maybe her career? The
sports medicine professional needs to be there for the athletes-to be sensitive to the situation at hand, being positive while at the same time being a
voice of reason, to be there and help the athlete through this time.
Good listening skills: In order to help others you must be able to listen to
their needs and concerns. Remember that, at first, your patients will know
where it hurts or what their personal needs are better than you will. Sometimes you have to work to get this information; patients do not always tell
you everything you need to know. Information about preexisting injuries
and illnesses is vital to learn from patients.
Ability to follow directions and work as a sports medicine team member: It is
time to throw out your ego and make your first priority the patient. You must
understand where you fit in the hierarchy of the team. If you are the athletic
trainer, you work under the physician. This does not mean you never question anything, just that there is a right and a wrong time to do that.
Healthy and passionate about the profession: Working in health care is
demanding. It takes its toll physically. In order to help your patients become
healthy, you have to stay healthy yourself. The sports medicine professional
may need to lift the water cooler or assist an athlete off the field.

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