Club Sports Certified Athletic Trainer
Head Athletic Trainer
Statement of Position Scope and Responsibility
The Head Athletic Trainer is responsible for the prevention of athletic injuries; the maintenance of the health and well-being; and the recuperation and rehabilitation following illness, injury, or surgery of all players under contract to the ABC Soccer Club.
The Head Athletic Trainer works under the supervision and in direct contact with the Team Physician and/or the medical consultants employed by the Club, with the aim of fielding a healthy squad of players for the ABC pre-season, regular season and post-season practices, exhibitions and matches.
The Head Athletic Trainer will answer directly to the Head Coach on a daily basis, or as required by the Head Coach. The Head Athletic Trainer will organize and implement the flexibility and strength training sessions for the Club as directed by the Head Coach. The Head Athletic Trainer will also develop the player's off-season fitness program and organize its use of at a facility named by the Head Coach.
The Head Athletic Trainer is responsible for the securing of bid proposals, ordering, upkeep and inventory control of all sports medicine modalities and supplies for use during the pre-season, regular season and post-season. The Head Athletic Trainer is responsible for maintaining the budget designated by the Club Management when ordering sports medicine supplies.
The Head Athletic Trainers supervises, when appropriate, the Equipment Manager.
The Head Athletic Trainer is responsible for the operation of treatment headquarters at practice and game sites. The modalities, equipment and supplies used in these treatment areas, as well as the general cleanliness of the locker room and treatment areas, are under the direct supervision of the Head Athletic Trainer.
It is the responsibility of the Head Athletic Trainer to prepare the players for each practice and game by exercising, preventative taping and bandaging techniques, and overseeing the team warm-up and flexibility period. The Head Athletic Trainer will personally cover all practices and contests (home and away) during the pre-season, regular season, and post-season ABC campaign. The Head Athletic Trainer will remain on 24-hour call during the time designated by the Head Coach.
The Head Athletic Trainer is responsible for working with the Team Physician in the planning, organization, and implementation of pre-season and post-season physical examinations of all players under contract with the ABC Soccer Club. The Head Athletic Trainer will also work directly with the Team Physician and Head Coach to determine when it is medically safe for an ill or injured athlete to return to competition.
Rehabilitation of injured players following athletic injury or surgery is a primary concern of the Head Athletic Trainer. This responsibility must be followed by the Head Athletic Trainer from onset of injury, to the acquisition of a diagnosis by the Team Physician, through the conservative or surgical procedures necessary to provide the best possible repair for the athlete, through a reconditioning program aimed at restoring the injured athlete to his pre-injury fitness level or a level determined by the Team Physician to allow the athlete to return to competition. The Head Athletic Trainer is also responsible for preparing treatment and rehabilitation for non-traveling injured players at a site determined by the Team Physician and Head Coach when the Head Athletic Trainer is out of town on team business.
The Head Athletic Trainer is also responsible for the accurate and thorough keeping of daily injury records on all players under contract with the ABC Soccer Club. The Head Athletic Trainer must file injury records on a weekly basis during the regular season with the ABC Soccer League.
The Head Athletic Trainer is responsible for the dispensing of prescription and non-prescription medication to players under contract with the ABC Soccer Club on the advice and consent of the Team Physician from the team medication supply. Standing orders may be used by the Head Athletic Trainer to dispense selected medication to players when he is traveling with the team in the absence of the Team Physician.
The Head Athletic Trainer will be responsible for working with the Head Coach and Executive Secretary in the planning and implementation of air travel, ground transportation, and lodging for road contests. During road trips the Head Athletic Trainer will serve as travel secretary, and under the advice of the Head Coach, be responsible for:
- The safekeeping and distribution of airline tickets to players, coaches and appropriate staff.
- The distribution of per-diem to players, coaches, and appropriate staff.
- The distribution of room keys to players, coaches, and appropriate staff upon arrival to hotel. The head Athletic Trainer will also act as liaison with hotel management on behalf of the Club and Head Coach.
- The organization of all ground transportation.
- The organization and control of all baggage to be checked by the airline.
The Head Athletic Trainer will serve as Equipment Manager before, during, and after out of town contests when traveling in the absence of the Equipment Manager.
The Head Athletic Trainer is responsible for remaining active in professional organizations such as the National Athletic Trainers' Association, and the ABC Athletic Trainers' Committee to maintain an appropriate public image of the ABC Soccer Club. He must maintain the continuing education necessary to remain a licensed (state) and certified (National Athletic Trainers' Association) athletic trainer in good standing.
Minimum Qualifications for this Position
- Bachelor's Degree in Health & Physical Education or Related Field
- Master's Degree Preferred in Related Field (state) Teaching Certificate
- Licensed Athletic Trainer
(state Department of Health)
- Certified Athletic Trainer
(National Athletic Trainers' Association)