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Careers in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

certified athletic trainer can find job opportunities in numerous settings beyond
the traditional environments of professional sports, colleges, and secondary schools
where they may perform the duties of an athletic trainer. This profession has emerged
in clinics, the performing arts, military/law enforcement, independent contracting,
physician extension, health clubs, medical sales, and industrial settings, to name a
few excellent careers.

The Athletic Training Student (ATS)
Athletic training students (ATSs) are college students
who are enrolled in an athletic training curriculum
and are supervised by a certified athletic trainer. They
must be aware of their duties as assigned by the athletic trainer and must always be prepared to fulfill these
duties calmly in circumstances that can be stressful.
Knowing when it is time to get assistance from a more
knowledgeable person is vital. Understanding the limits
of an athletic training student's responsibilities is just as
important as being prepared to respond to the athlete's
needs (Figure 1-4). These responsibilities must be discussed with your supervising certified athletic trainer
prior to the beginning of any sport season.
The athletic training student can help in any of the
following areas, under the direct supervision of the certified athletic trainer:

1-4 | Athletic training students assist certified athletic
trainers in a variety of duties.

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Taping, bandaging, or bracing the athletes and fitting any protective
equipment

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Overseeing rehabilitation or use of therapeutic modalities, including
anything from helping with an exercise program to a whirlpool treatment
(see Chapter 16)

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Organizing insurance forms, parental consent forms, and supply forms,
or recording of any injuries

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Assisting with the daily record keeping so injuries and rehabilitation may be
tracked

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Ensuring that the athletic training room's facilities are clean, neat, and professional, and making sure that any practice or game site is clean and free of
anything that may cause injury to the athletes

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Preparing the playing field by setting up water and first aid areas

The ATS may perform the following independent of athletic trainer supervision:
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Administering first aid to injured athletes after taking a recognized first
aid course

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Activating the emergency medical services (EMS; see Chapter 4)

In addition to these duties, the athletic training student must also help the certified athletic trainer by being aware of the athlete's concerns and bringing these
concerns to the athletic trainer's attention. For instance, in football practice it is very
important for the athletes to keep their heads up when tackling and blocking. Failure

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