National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) attributes rise in certified athletic trainers' salaries to their cost-effectiveness in workplace and athletic environments

ATHLETIC ENVIRONMENTS New Survey Results Find Athletic Trainers’ Salaries Have Increased in Most Employment Settings

DALLAS, Nov. 7 – Among all occupations in the United States, the employment of athletic trainers will grow faster than the average profession through 2012. So reports the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), which represents 30,000 members of the athletic training profession – health care providers who are among the more than 80 professions being honored during Allied Health Professions Week (Nov. 6-12). “There are numerous reasons why,” says Marjorie J. Albohm, MS, ATC, vice president of the NATA Board of Directors. “Athletic trainers’ increased licensure requirements and regulations have led to a greater acceptance of their role as qualified health care providers. Many employers are now realizing the cost-effectiveness of having an athletic trainer onsite to help prevent injuries and to provide immediate treatment for injuries.” Studies have found athletic trainers staffing on-site clinics in corporate and industrial settings, under the direction of a physician, help increase productivity. Workers at such facilities benefit from immediate care and do not have to clock out to travel for rehabilitation. Many athletic trainers now visit companies several times a week to provide health care services to their workers. Certified athletic trainers are health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. In addition to working in competitive sports related jobs, many athletic trainers are also employed in health care facilities, schools, offices, factories and in the military. Forty-four percent work in high school/college/professional sports; eight percent are employed in occupational/industrial settings; 35 percent work in clinics and hospitals; and 13 percent can be found in the performing arts, military and other areas. With the greater demand for athletic trainers has come an increase in their salaries. NATA has found in its new Athletic Training Salary Survey results, which it has released during Allied Health Professions Week, that most of its members have seen a rise in their paychecks – some as high as 41.15 percent -- since it last surveyed its members in 2003. Altogether, 5,414 athletic trainers responded to the NATA survey, which revealed that the largest athletic trainer salary increases occurred in youth sports (+ 41.15 percent, to $46,296); professional sports (+ 31.32 percent, to $50,515); high schools (+15.91 percent, to $42,442); hospitals (+ 14.92 percent, to $54,292); performing arts (+ 14.56 percent, to $56,135); and government settings (+ 9.04 percent, to $50,716). “Even though athletic trainers’ salaries are increasing,” says Albohm, “their preventive care expertise makes them increasingly valuable in the American workplace.” About the NATA: Certified athletic trainers are unique health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports the 30,000 members of the athletic training profession through education and research. NATA, 2952 Stemmons Freeway, Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75247, 214.637.6282; 214.637.2206 (fax).

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