JOB DESCRIPTION As an athletic trainer you have many responsibilities depending on where you practice at. A basic athletic trainer will conduct an initial assessment of an athlete’s injury or illness. Based on what is found during this test they will determine whether the athlete should be referred to physicians for a second opinion diagnosis and possibly treatment. After the athlete has been diagnosed they will evaluate if they think it will be safe for the athlete to participate in activities. For non- injured athletes an athletic trainer will apply protective devices such as tape, bandages, or braces to ankles, fingers, knees, or wrists. Also, athletic trainers have the task of traveling with teams to sporting events in case an injury occurs. Athletic trainers collaborate with physicians to develop rehabilitation programs for injured athletes. The rehab programs include using physical therapy equipment, technique, and medications. Most of the time athletic trainers will have an individual plan for each athlete based on the degree of their injury.