Sports and athletic contests have arguably always ranked as humankind’s greatest pastime. A single court can provide both the ecstasy of a win and the emotional nadir of a loss. The greatest athletes win copiously and valiantly, and the key to their success is a consistently fit physical form. Sports and athletic trainers have traditionally served as the protectors of athletes during competition, ensuring that their bodies are always primed and up for the challenge. An especially gifted trainer always knows the ideal remedy for a grievous injury, whether its a quick touch-up job or if long-term bed rest is in order.
Sports and athletic trainers work in conjunction with managers and coaches, as well as with doctors and other medical staff like orthopedists and nutritionists. Though armchair sports fans may have the passion to be a great trainer, serious education and certification is required to take up the profession on the playing field. Bachelor’s degrees are the common minimum degree, and the trainers at the highest competitive levels garner even higher level degrees in order to earn the best jobs.
The majority of sports and athletic trainers are not working for prizefighters or great footballers; rather, educational communities like schools and colleges hire the bulk of these professionals, with a very small percentage working in spectator sports. The profession does, however, benefit from a very promising job outlook, with the number of available positions looking to increase in the future. They earn competitive wages, which often differ depending on such variables as experience, education level, and workplace.