Athletic training is where the art of sports medicine and the science of exercise meet.
As professionals know, athletic training differs from personal training. They’re the experts that professional sports players come to take their game to the next level; they work in the clinical settings of hospital and universities. Most certified athletic trainers possess graduate level degrees. In short, they’re deeply educated about the human body in order to maximize and correct physical performance.
The bare minimum to work as an athletic trainer is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university program and a bit of work experience. If you’re an athletic trainer with high hopes of working in the professional leagues, your resume needs to remain competitive in an ambitious field. By checking all possible boxes—and a bit of luck—you may arrive in the big leagues.
Here’s are the actions that will pack a mean punch.
This a science-heavy field; an athletic trainer must know the intricacies of the human body to optimize performance and/or prevent injury. The minimum may be a bachelor’s degree from an athletic training program, but a master’s is essential if you’re looking to move farther in your career. Some athletic trainers highly recommend getting a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) if you’re truly wishing to work with the mosts talented sports players or universities. In fact, some say it’s “slim to none” without a DPT.
Intern with professional team
An athletic training degree without actually working on people is like a doctor expecting to be hired without knowing how to talk to sick patients. Search for internships at professional clubs and teams to network and gain hands-on knowledge. Focus on the experience rather than sport. At the beginning of your career, it’s mostly irrelevant if you’ve worked with a professional volleyball team even though you wish to work with baseball players. The new 2020 standards by Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) will likely make internship positions go to graduate students or freshly-minted graduates. Even after you complete this position, teams will likely defer you to attain a DPT before hiring you full-time.
Like in every other professional field, work to receive glowing recommendations from colleagues. You’ll be able to get your foot in the door with a warm introduction. Do high-calibre work, show up on time, and minimize complaining. Whining at work, however justified you feel, does not pay. In fact, it can kill you. Read this incredible post by Steven Parton on “The Science of Happiness: Why Complaining is Literally Killing You”. Now keep working towards your career goals.
Create professional web profile
If athletes need to do it, then you need to. Create an online space that features your degrees, accomplishments, and shows quotes from those stellar recommendations you’ve received along the way. In the online world, you’re competing for people’s attention and time. Word-of-mouth marketing is the best kind of referral. If you have a professional website, they can quickly learn about you and assess an interest. If they come across your site without a personal connection, make it incredibly easy for them to learn about you. Make it effortless for them to contact you for a free 15-minute consultation; make it seamless for them to book an appointment. If not, they’ll find someone else. We may be biased, but thousands of entrepreneurs trust us to manage their day-to-day, like booking. Shore beats out other online booking sites through our high-calibre tech and our end-to-end service. We’re on your team.
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