Athletic trainers help people prevent and recover from injuries that result from physical activity. They evaluate, advise, and treat athletes to help them continue to perform at high levels. Athletic trainers protect players from getting hurt by prescribing exercises to strengthen muscles and applying tape, bandages, or braces to injury-prone areas. They also give first aid to injured athletes and manage minor injuries to help them to stay in competition.
Athletic trainers may work in sports for a high school, college, university or professional team, or in a healthcare setting at a hospital, rehabilitation center or sports medicine clinic. They work closely with team doctors, coaches and athletes to return to action as safely and as quickly as possible after an injury occurs. Athletic trainers work a normal schedule with many nights and weekends because they are needed at sporting events.
While most athletic trainers choose to get a graduate degree, they only need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program to practice.
Licensure and Certification
Athletic trainers must pass the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) exam to be licensed to practice in Iowa.
Career Outlook Map of Iowa
Athletic trainers have an excellent job outlook with an expected growth rate of 31% in Iowa.