Hospital and Ambulatory Medical Center-Based Certified Athletic Trainer

Sample Job Description

Hospital & Ambulatory Medical Center


Certified Athletic Trainer


Manager of Athletic Healthcare Program


The athletic trainer will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to perform the following functions: prevention, assessment, treatment (including first aid) and reconditioning and rehabilitation of injuries as set forth by the NATA Board of Certification (BOC).
  • Demonstrate proper taping, strapping, bracing and fitting of athletic equipment.
  • Carry out all prescribed treatments and recommendations made by the team/program/event physician.
  • Maintain BOC and CPR certification in accordance with those respective institutions.
  • Cover assigned pre-season physicals, sports games or matches and related events under the supervision of the program manager.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principals of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s status and interpret the appropriate information.


  • Education: Minimum of bachelor’s degree in health related field with current NATA Board of Certification Inc. certification.
  • Experience: One or two years in athletic training setting preferred. Entry-level graduates with NATA BOC certification will be considered.

    Must be able to assist with or transfer patients of various weights/heights. Must be able to push carts containing medical and athletic equipment. Must be able to stand for long periods of time, have good mobility skills and be able to walk long distances. Must demonstrate the ability to communicate to give adequate directions and instructions to subordinates. Must be able to carry medical, first aid and athletic training kit and coolers for long distances.


    Category I -- Close contact with patients and is likely to come in contact with blood and body fluids.


    Quality and Timeliness of Work: The amount of satisfactory output

    • Answers to pages or calls promptly.
    • Demonstrates ability to prioritize and organize time by completing work within assigned events/program/tasks.
    • Accepts additional supervisory/management responsibilities and duties as assigned.
    • Schedules physical therapy and other treatment and/or other intervention as necessary and established and prescribed.
    • Promptly begins work assignments after receiving instructions in accordance with established policy, procedures and protocols.
    • Maintains awareness of current policies and procedures.G. Maintains confidentiality of patient injury information.
    • Attends department staff meetings as scheduled.
    • Abides by and helps develop policy and procedures specific to both the athletic training room and the sports medicine/athletic health care program.
    • Functions effectively and according to policy training.
    • Communicates reports in a concise, informative manner.
    • Verifies physician order in accordance with established health care policy.
    • Documents health care injury records and provides clear instructions for follow-up.
    • Maintains all medical and athletic training documentation in concise and legible manner.
    • Maintains injury data information in proper order and reported in pre-assigned time frame.


    Prevention of Athletic Injuries: Design and implement prevention programs

    • Determination of a patient’s or athlete’s physical readiness to participate in physical activities.
    • Knowledge of normal anatomical structure and function.
    • Knowledge of physiological demand and response to exercise.
    • Knowledge of normal biomechanical demands of exercise.
    • Presentation of educational programs for the healthy and injured patients and athletes (i.e., alcohol and other drug abuse, performance anxiety).
    • Knowledge of nutritional demands of physically active patients and athletes.
    • Knowledge of contraindications and side effects of prescription and non-prescription medications.
    • Knowledge of absorption, dissipation and transmission of energy of varying materials (i.e., protective padding used in sports).
    • Knowledge of legal requirements and rules of the athletic events.
    • Implementation of pre-season, in-season and post-season strength and conditioning programs.


    Job Knowledge: Understands job duties, know-how in performing assigned tasks

    • Works confidently in crisis or emergency situations.
    • Demonstrates knowledge of safety practices (see attached checklist).
    • Uses assigned medical and athletic training equipment safely and efficiently.
    • Develops treatment programs in accordance with evaluations and goals established by the injury assessment or by the treating physician.
    • Assesses patient’s and athlete’s status in response to treatment and modifies programs as appropriate.
    • Applies treatment procedures and modalities in accordance to established indications and contraindications.
    • Prepares patient or athlete for treatment and ensures comfort and safety of individual.Instructs patient in therapeutic exercise and strength and conditioning programs.
    • Informs athlete and family members of important aspects of patient’s present condition, includingconcussion, wound care, first aid and follow-up care.
    • Informs physician and program manager of any necessary documentation or observable signs that need investigation.Meets criteria for certification as established in the NATA Board of Certification Inc. with respect to CEUs.Maintains statistics and injury logs as established.
    • Able to perform duties in an efficient and independent manner with minimal supervision.
    • Can master new work routines and use new equipment without the need for repetitive instruction.
    • Willing to learn from the knowledge and experience of others.
    • Willing to ask questions when not sure of the correct action to take.


    Dependability: Reliable and persistent in completing assignments in a timely manner; follows policies and rules.

    • Reports for event coverage and meetings at designated time.
    • Adheres to proper work schedule.
    • Gives proper notice of absences and tardiness.
    • Does not have excessive tardiness.
    • Does not have excessive absenteeism from work.
    • Is flexible in accepting temporary work and assignments.
    • Accepts policies and their modifications without complaints.
    • Maintains effective and organized work environment.
    • Willing to cover sporting events and other functions after normal work hours if needed.
    • Works effectively with team and other physicians in sports coverage and other settings as appropriate.


    Ambition/Initiative: Willingness to put forth effort in starting an activity; contributes new ideas or seeks improvement.

    • Is willing to learn new medical, physical therapy and athletic training techniques, procedures and equipment.
    • Prevents/corrects problems or unsafe conditions.
    • Assists in preparing medical and athletic training equipment for use.
    • Attends and participates in related training program meetings and in-services.
    • Maintains level of skill and expertise consistent with the latest theory and techniques of sports and physical medicine.
    • Maintains and ensures safe operation of all related medical and athletic training equipment.
    • Recommends new equipment and supplies to ensure optimum quality of patient care.Assumes additional responsibilities and duties as requested by the program manager or other designee.Is willing to teach new techniques of athletic health care to staff when needed.


    Recognition, Evaluation, and Immediate Care of Physically Active and Athletic Injuries:

    • Identification of underlying trauma.
    • Recognition of signs and symptoms of athletic injury and illness.
    • Recognition of systemic and local metabolic failure.
    • Recognition of pathomechanics.
    • Recognition of the psychological signs and symptoms of athletic or physical injury and illness.
    • Recognition of the effects of improper nutritional needs of the competing athlete (i.e., fluid, replacement, diabetic shock) .
    • Understands the role of prescription and non-prescription medication in the immediate/emergency care of athletic and physical injury and illness.
    • Understands the effects of stress loads on the human body (i.e., shear, tensile, compressive, etc.).
    • Understands and performs proper evaluation/assessment techniques for injury.
    • Understands and complies with all indications and contraindications for known therapeutic modalities (i.e., ice, moist heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, joint mobilization, etc.).


    • Rehabilitation and Reconditioning of Athletic Injuries: Design and implementation of program
    • Demonstrates ongoing evaluation of a patient’s progress through various stages of rehabilitation.
    • Knowledge of normal anatomical structures and functions.
    • Knowledge of the various stages of injury response.
    • Knowledge of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and psychological demands placed on the injured patient.
    • Knowledge of the role prescription and non-prescription medications play in the rehabilitation process.
    • Knowledge of the various physiological responses to energies imposed on the body.
    • Has the ability to plan, implement, document and communicate appropriate rehabilitation strategies to the necessary parties.


    Health Care Administration:

    • Prepare and maintain proper documentation of injury status and rehabilitation.
    • Proper communication with, and referral to, the appropriate health care provider.
    • Proper maintenance and documentation of records for the administration of prescription and non-prescription medications.
    • Assist with the development and implementation of operational policies and procedures of the physical and sports medicine and athletic health care department as requested by the clinical manager.


    Adaptability: Efficiency under stress; receptiveness to change/new ideas; poise and/or courtesy in tough situations

    • Receptiveness to change.
    • Demonstrates poise in stressful situations.
    • Maintains efficiency under stress.
    • Accepts procedural changes in a positive manner.


    Professional Development and Responsibility:

    • Remains up to date with current evaluation skills, techniques and knowledge.
    • Remains up to date with current human anatomy, physiology and exercises physiology, research and trends.
    • Remains up to date with current biomechanical research and trends.
    • Remains up to date with current nutritional and pharmacological research and trends.
    • Remains up to date with current physics as it relates to athletic training, physical and sports medicine and physical therapy as appropriate.
    • Continues to develop interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Remains up to date with current standards of practice.
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