Head Certified Athletic Trainer/Clinic and Athletic Healthcare

Sample Job Description


POSITION TITLE:

Head Certified Athletic Trainer

SUPERVISOR:

Clinical Manager Health Strategies / Athletic Healthcare

RESPONSIBLE TO:

Clinical Manager Health Strategies / Athletic Healthcare

POSITION SUMMARY:

  • The head athletic trainer will be able carryout supervisory tasks as assigned by the clinical manager with regard to the management of the athletic healthcare department and the athletic training staff.
  • The head athletic trainer must be able to demonstrate and instruct staff in performance of the following functions regarding athletic injuries: prevention, assessment, treatment, (including first aid) and reconditioning as set forth by the NATA Board of Certification.
  • The athletic trainer will demonstrate and instruct staff in proper taping, strapping, bracing, and fitting of athletic equipment.
  • The head athletic trainer must be able to instruct athletic training staff in proper procedures with regard to carrying out all prescribed treatments and recommendations by the team/program/event physician.
  • The head athletic trainer will demonstrate ability to design and implement strength and conditioning programs. The head athletic trainer will maintain NATA BOC and CPR certification in accordance with those respective institutions.
  • The head athletic trainer will cover assigned pre-season physicals, sports games or matches, and related events under the supervision of the program manager.
  • The athletic trainer must demonstrate knowledge of the principals of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the athlete status and interpret the appropriate information.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education:
    Minimum of bachelor’s degree in health related field, with current NATA BOC certification.
  • Experience:
    Three to Four years in athletic training setting preferred. One year supervision or management of athletic trainers required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Must be able to assist with or transfer athletes of various weight/heights.
  • Must be able to push carts with athletic equipment on them.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time, have good mobility skills and be able to walk long distances.
  • Must demonstrate ability to communicate to give adequate directions and instructions to subordinates.
  • Must be able to carry training kit and coolers for long distances.

EXPOSURE CATEGORY:

Category I will have close contact with patients and is likely to come in contact with blood and body fluids

STANDARD I

Quality and Timeliness of Work: The amount of satisfactory output.

  1. Answers to pages or calls promptly.
  2. Demonstrates ability to prioritize and organize time by completing work within assigned events.
  3. Accepts additional supervisory / management responsibilities and duties as assigned.
  4. Schedules athlete treatment and/or other intervention as necessary and established.
  5. Promptly begins work assignments after receiving instructions in accordance with established policy.
  6. Maintains awareness of current policies and procedures.
  7. Maintains confidentiality of athlete injury information.
  8. Attends department staff meetings as established.
  9. Abides by and helps develop policy and procedures specific to both the athletic training room and the athletic healthcare program.
  10. Functions effectively and according to policy training.
  11. Communicates reports in a concise, informative manner.
  12. Verifies physician order in accordance with established athletic health care policy.
  13. Documents and instructs in the documentation of athletic health care injury record.
  14. Maintains all athletic training documentation in concise and legible manner.
  15. Maintains injury data information in proper order and reported in pre-assigned time frame.

STANDARD II

Prevention of Athletic Injuries: Design and Implement Prevention programs.

  1. Determination of an athletes physical readiness to participate
  2. Knowledge of normal anatomical structure and function.
  3. Knowledge of physiological demand and response to exercise.
  4. Knowledge of normal biomechanical demands of exercise.
  5. Presentation of educational programs for the healthy and injured athletes.(i.e., alcohol and other drug abuse, performance anxiety)
  6. Knowledge of nutritional demands of the athlete.
  7. Knowledge of contraindications and side effects of prescription and non-prescription medications.
  8. Knowledge of absorption, dissipation, and transmission of energy of varying materials.(i.e., protective padding)
  9. Knowledge of legal requirements and rules of the athletic event.
  10. Implementation of pre-season, in-season and post-season strength and conditioning programs.

STANDARD III

Job Knowledge: Understanding of job duties, know-how in performing assigned tasks.

  1. Works confidently in crisis or emergency situation.
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of safety practices. (see attached checklist)
  3. Uses assigned athletic training equipment safely and efficiently.
  4. Develops treatment programs in accordance with findings of evaluations and goals established by the injury assessment or by the treating physician.
  5. Assesses athletes status in response to treatment and modifies programs as appropriate.
  6. Applies treatment procedures and modalities in accordance with established indications and contraindications.
  7. Prepares athlete for treatment and insures comfort and safety of athletes.
  8. Instructs athlete in therapeutic exercise, and strength and conditioning programs.
  9. Informs athlete and families of important aspects of athletes present condition, includingconcussion, wound care, first aide and follow-up care.
  10. Informs physician and program manager of any necessary documentation or observable signs that need investigation.
  11. Meets criteria for certification as established in the National Athletic Trainers Association with respect to CEU’s.
  12. Maintains statistics and injury logs as established.
  13. Able to perform duties in an efficient and independent manner with minimal supervision.
  14. Can master new work routines and use new equipment without the need for repetitive instruction.
  15. Willing to learn from the knowledge and experience of others.
  16. Willing to ask questions when not sure of the correct action to take.

STANDARD IV

Dependability: Reliability and persistence in following through with assignments on schedule and to follow policies and rules.

  1. Reports for event coverage and meetings at designated time.
  2. Adheres to proper work schedule.
  3. Gives proper notice of absences and tardiness.
  4. Does not have excessive tardiness.
  5. Does not have excessive absenteeism from work.
  6. Is flexible in accepting temporary work and duty assignments.
  7. Accepts policies and their modifications without complaints.
  8. Maintains physical environment in an effective, organized manner.
  9. Willing to cover sporting events after hours if needed.
  10. Works effectively with team physician in sports coverage setting when appropriate.

STANDARD V

Ambition/Initiative: Willingness to put forth effort in starting an activity, contribute to new ideas or seek improvement.

  1. Is willing to learn new athletic training techniques, procedures and equipment.
  2. Prevents/corrects problems or unsafe conditions.
  3. Assists in preparing athletic training equipment for use.
  4. Attends and participates in athletic training program meetings and inservices.
  5. Maintains level of skill and expertise consistent with the latest theory and techniques.
  6. Maintains and insures safe operation of all athletic training equipment.
  7. Recommends new equipment and supplies to ensure optimum quality of athlete’s care.
  8. Assumes additional responsibilities and duties as requested by the program manager or other designee.
  9. Is willing to teach new techniques of Athletic healthcare to staff when needed.

STANDARD VI

Recognition, Evaluation, and Immediate care of Athletic Injuries:

  1. Identification of underlying trauma.
  2. Recognition of signs and symptoms of athletic injury and illness.
  3. Recognition of systemic and local metabolic failure.
  4. Recognition of pathomechanics.
  5. Recognition of the psychological signs and symptoms of athletic injury and illness.
  6. Recognition of the effects of improper nutritional needs of the competing athlete. (i.e., fluid replacement, diabetic shock.)
  7. Understand the role of prescription and non-prescription medication in the immediate/emergency care of athletic injury and illness.
  8. Understands the effects of stress loads on the human body. (shear, tensile, compressive, etc.)
  9. Understands and performs proper Evaluation/Assessment techniques for athletic injury.
  10. Understands and complies with all indications and contraindications for known therapeutic modalities (i.e., ice, moist heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, joint mobilization, etc.)
  11. STANDARD VII

    Rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries:

    1. Design and Implementation of program
    2. Demonstrates on going evaluation of an athletes progress through various stages of rehabilitation.
    3. Knowledge of normal anatomical structures and functions.
    4. Knowledge of the various stages of injury response.
    5. Knowledge of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and psychological demands placed on the injured athlete.
    6. Knowledge of the role of prescription and non-prescription medications in the rehabilitation process.
    7. Knowledge of the various physiological responses to energies imposed on the body.
    8. Has the ability to plan, implement, document and communicate appropriate rehabilitation strategies to the necessary parties.

    STANDARD VIII

    1. Proper Documentation of injury status and rehabilitation.
    2. Proper communication with, and referral to, the appropriate health care provider.
    3. Proper maintenance and documentation of records for the administration of prescription and non-prescription medications.
    4. Assist with the development and implementation of operational policies and procedures of the athletic healthcare department as requested by the clinical manager.

    STANDARD IX

    Adaptability: Efficiency under stress. Receptiveness to change/new ideas. Poise and/or courtesy in tough situations.

    1. Receptiveness to change
    2. Demonstrates poise in stressful situations
    3. Maintains efficiency under stress
    4. Accepts procedural changes in a positive manner

    STANDARD X

    Professional development and responsibility:

    1. Remains up to date with current evaluation skills, techniques and knowledge.
    2. Remains up to date with current human anatomy, physiology, and exercises physiology research and trends.
    3. Remains up to date with current biomechanical research and trends.
    4. Remains up to date with current nutritional, and pharmacological research and trends.
    5. Remains up to date with current physics as it relates to athletic training.
    6. Continues to develop interpersonal and communication skills.
 
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