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Athletic Trainers - 29-9091.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Evaluate and treat musculoskeletal injuries or illnesses. Provide preventive, therapeutic, emergency, and rehabilitative care.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Athletic Instructor
  • Athletic Lecturer
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Resident Athletic Trainer
  • Women's Athletic Trainer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Accompany injured athletes to hospitals.
  • Advise athletes on the proper use of equipment.
  • Apply protective or injury preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, or braces, to body parts, such as ankles, fingers, or wrists.
  • Assess and report the progress of recovering athletes to coaches or physicians.
  • Care for athletic injuries, using physical therapy equipment, techniques, or medication.
  • Clean and sanitize athletic training rooms.
  • Collaborate with physicians to develop and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries.
  • Conduct an initial assessment of an athlete's injury or illness to provide emergency or continued care and to determine whether they should be referred to physicians for definitive diagnosis and treatment.
  • Conduct research or provide instruction on subject matter related to athletic training or sports medicine.
  • Confer with coaches to select protective equipment.
  • Develop training programs or routines designed to improve athletic performance.
  • Evaluate athletes' readiness to play and provide participation clearances when necessary and warranted.
  • File athlete insurance claims and communicate with insurance providers.
  • Inspect playing fields to locate any items that could injure players.
  • Instruct coaches, athletes, parents, medical personnel, or community members in the care and prevention of athletic injuries.
  • Lead stretching exercises for team members prior to games or practices.
  • Massage body parts to relieve soreness, strains, or bruises.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, such as keeping records or writing reports.
  • Perform team support duties, such as running errands, maintaining equipment, or stocking supplies.
  • Plan or implement comprehensive athletic injury or illness prevention programs.
  • Recommend special diets to improve athletes' health, increase their stamina, or alter their weight.
  • Teach sports medicine courses to athletic training students.
  • Travel with athletic teams to be available at sporting events.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise athletes, coaches, or trainers on exercise regimens, nutrition, or equipment use.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
  • Clean facilities or equipment.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Consult with others regarding safe or healthy equipment or facilities.
  • Develop exercise or conditioning programs.
  • Evaluate patient functioning, capabilities, or health.
  • Evaluate patient outcomes to determine effectiveness of treatments.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Inspect work environments to ensure safety.
  • Maintain clean work areas.
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
  • Maintain medical facility records.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
  • Process medical billing information.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Treat patients using alternative medical procedures.
  • Treat patients using physical therapy techniques.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Command Fitness Leader (CFL) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Force Fitness Instructor (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Force Fitness Instructor Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Medical Specialist Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist, Special Warfare (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapy (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Training Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • USMA, Professor of Physical Education (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Athletic Trainer