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Summary Administers preventive treatment and rehabilitation to intercollegiate athletics students and athletes engaged in various intercollegiate sports. Assures compliance with health and safety standards. Oversees the issuance, maintenance, and replacement of athletic injury protective gear and equipment for the college athletic program.
Distinguishing Career Features The Athletic Trainer is a professional position and senior level in a career path for injury prevention, response, and sports rehabilitation. The Athletic Trainer provides leadership over clinical protocols and day-to-day sports training and injury rehabilitation. Advancement to Athletic Trainer is based on need and requires the ability to train and lead student-trainers, coordinate athletic rehabilitation programs, oversee equipment and inventory control, and serve as the primary resource in developing athletic rehabilitation plans.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities Specific duties may vary among departments and jobs. Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of the following kinds of duties: • Plans and implements certain components for a sports injury prevention program. Establishes protocols for the treatment, care, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Inspects practice areas and athletic equipment, consulting with coaches on injury prevention methods. • Provides urgent care service for student-athlete injuries sustained during athletics classes, team practices, and athletic events. Conducts the initial clinical evaluation of injuries, and administers first aid. Refers students to a physician as needed. • Provides protective taping, bracing and padding for athletes. Assures compliance with safety standards by properly fitting athletic equipment, knee, and ankle braces, and other protective gear. • Coordinates and monitors athletic rehabilitation programs for injured students. Provides physical therapy treatment for injuries as diagnosed or prescribed by team physicians. Operates a variety of athletic and medical equipment including a muscle stimulation unit and an ultrasound machine. • Coordinates training and assignment of athletic trainers (including student trainers) in the areas of prevention, evaluation, rehabilitation, first aid and emergency care for athletic injuries. Coordinates travel arrangements and transportation for athletics trainers and first aid and emergency care equipment to out-of-town athletic events. • Educates and counsels athletes about their conditions including the nature of injuries and the procedures to be followed for recovery. • Serves as an athletics trainer at home and away athletic events. Provides protective equipment and performs emergency repairs at athletic events. Provides protective taping and urgent care to injuries. Advises coaches on athlete readiness to resume activity. • Provides in-service training to coaches on the prevention, care, and emergency treatment of athletic injuries. • Participates in the selection of athletic equipment, supplies, and uniforms. Confers with coaches on equipment and supply specifications. • Modifies athletic equipment to fit. Fabricates modifications to equipment that accommodate an injury or other unique requirements. • Coordinates maintenance and inventory of supplies and equipment. Monitors and documents the distribution of supplies. Cleans and maintains the training room in a condition suitable for patient-athlete care. • Coordinates customized off-season physical conditioning programs for athletes according to the physical requirements of specific sports activities/events. • Prepares and maintains records and reports including injury and accident reports, rehabilitation logs and insurance claims. Maintains and updates student files. • Participate in the selection, training, and scheduling of student workers. • Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.
Qualifications and Physical Demands
Knowledge and Skills: The position requires seasoned specialized knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of physical therapy and preventative and rehabilitative treatment used in college athletics and physical education programs. Requires complete knowledge of the equipment, materials, and supplies used in a college athletics and physical education programs. Requires in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and medical terminology. Requires knowledge of injury evaluation and treatment techniques including first aid and the proper fitting of assistive devices. Requires skill at fitting and modifying athletic equipment. Requires knowledge of proper methods for inventorying and storing equipment, materials, and supplies. Requires knowledge of pertinent health and safety regulations governing rehabilitation health care. Requires well-developed language and human relation skills to explain technical concepts to others, conduct in-service training, and serve customers.
Abilities: Requires the ability to carry out the duties of the position. Requires the ability to perform physical therapy. Requires the ability to develop protocols and procedures for treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. Requires the ability to deliver and administer urgent first aid, preventative, and rehabilitative treatment to physical education students and athletes. Requires the ability to evaluate and treat a variety of injuries. Requires the ability to apply and fit protective taping, padding, braces, and related equipment. Requires the ability to operate a variety of equipment used for treatment. Requires the ability to fit, maintain, and repair athletic equipment and apparatus. Requires the ability to work effectively under extreme time constraints. Requires the ability to work varying schedules and attend and travel to athletic events.
THE COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Education and Experience:
The position requires a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, Physical Education, Athletic Training, Sports Medicine, or related field and experience in athletic training and two years of related experience. Or, any combination of education and experience which would meet the required qualifications for the position.
Licenses and Certificates:
Requires a valid driver license. Requires a First Aid and CPR card. Requires a National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification.
The incumbent is required to perform work of an active nature, requiring sufficient physical stamina to carry out duties. Requires use of well-developed hand-eye coordination for precise motions and use of small instruments. Requires ambulatory ability to lift medium-to-heavy weight materials, balance, and walk and stand for extended periods of time. Requires hand and arm strength to perform massage and kneading movements. Requires visual acuity to observe moving objects and recognize physical injuries.Requires auditory ability to project voice to a small group.