Career Exploration Project - Athletic Trainer

November 21, 2014  |  By  | 

Part I: Introduction Ever since my freshman year of high school, I have pondered the thought of being a head trainer. It might have changed a couple times but in the end I kept coming back to it. A head trainer works with student athletes and the trainers under them. They make sure the athletes stay hydrated and care for any injuries that happen on or off the field. Like anybody, I look for a ca reer that will pay decent money, but that’s not the defining factor. I also look at a career that will allow me to be in a position to help others. Since I have always enjoyed sports, this career will allow me to be right next to the sports. Also, all my life, I have helped people with their problems, even if they just needed someone that would listen. Sports medicine satisfies both of these qualities. With a career in this field, the most important skill is the knowledge of human anatomy. Right behind that, you have to be able to react quickly if an athlete gets injured. Another skill that comes in handy in this field is attention to detail. For example, an athlete receives a concussion but is insistent on wanting to continue to play: there may be no indication of a traumatic brain injury other than dilation of the pupils, or a slight slur in their speech. As an athletic trainer, you must constantly search for symptoms, even when the patient insists that they’r e fine. When it comes to taking care of athletes, I am always paying attention to them and the surroundings. Taking care of people and helping them can be a learned skill but it is best when it comes naturally. Probably my biggest weakness going into this field is that I can be too empathetic. A lot of times I pick up on people’s emotions and how they feel; so, if they are hurt, I’m likely to pick up on their pain. My long-term career goals are to be the head trainer at a high school, college or even for a professional sport team. This is a career field that isn’t full of ways to get promoted or move up, but that doesn’t mean that it is impossible to move up and forward.

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