CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Athletic Trainers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Athletic Trainers
Summary Job Description Tasks
Evaluate and advise individuals to assist recovery from or avoid athletic-related injuries or illnesses, or maintain peak physical fitness. May provide first aid or emergency care. Conduct an initial assessment of an athlete's injury or illness to provide emergency or continued care, and to determine whether they should be referred to physicians for definitive diagnosis and treatment.
Care for athletic injuries using physical therapy equipment, techniques, and medication.
Evaluate athletes' readiness to play, and provide participation clearances when necessary and warranted.
Apply protective or injury preventive devices such as tape, bandages, or braces to body parts such as ankles, fingers, or wrists.
Assess and report the progress of recovering athletes to coaches and physicians.
Collaborate with physicians to develop and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries.
Advise athletes on the proper use of equipment.
Plan and implement comprehensive athletic injury and illness prevention programs.
Develop training programs and routines designed to improve athletic performance.
Travel with athletic teams to be available at sporting events.
Instruct coaches, athletes, parents, medical personnel, and community members in the care and prevention of athletic injuries.
Inspect playing fields to locate any items that could injure players.
Conduct research and provide instruction on subject matter related to athletic training or sports medicine.
Recommend special diets to improve athletes' health, increase their stamina, or alter their weight.
Massage body parts to relieve soreness, strains, and bruises.
Confer with coaches to select protective equipment.
Accompany injured athletes to hospitals.
Perform team-support duties such as running errands, maintaining equipment, and stocking supplies.
Lead stretching exercises for team members prior to games and practices.
Perform general administrative tasks such as keeping records and writing reports.
File athlete insurance claims and communicate with insurance providers.
Teach sports medicine courses to athletic training students.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Athletic Trainers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Athletic Trainers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Athletic Trainers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Athletic Trainers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
BioEx Systems Exercise Pro Medical software
Database software Data base user interface and query software
Digital Coach AthleticTrainer Data base user interface and query software
Email software Electronic mail software
ImPACT Medical software
Injury tracking software Data base user interface and query software
Keffer Development Services Athletic Trainer System ATS Data base user interface and query software
Premier Software Simtrak Mobility Data base user interface and query software
Scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Word processing software Word processing software
Air splints Orthopedic splint systems
Automated blood pressure cuffs Electronic blood pressure units
Automated external defibrillators AED Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
Biofeedback equipment Electromyography EMG units or accessories
Body-fat calipers Skinfold calipers
Cervical traction units Pelvis or back traction supplies
Cold therapy equipment Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
Crutches Crutches or crutch accessories
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Elliptical trainers Pedal exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy
Emergency response stretchers Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories
Exercise bands Resistance bands
Exercise bicycles Pedal exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy
Exercise treadmills Treadmill exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy
Exercise tubing Resistance tubes
Face shields Facial shields
Fixed splints Orthopedic splint systems
Free weights Weights or sets or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy
Goniometers Goniometers
Heat therapy equipment Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
Hydrocollator heating units Medical hydrocollators or accessories
Knee immobilizers Knee braces or hinged knee supports
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Lower extremity braces Leg orthopedic softgoods or accessories
Lumbar traction units Pelvis or back traction supplies
Medical examination protective gloves Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves
Medical scales Patient floor scales
Mouth guards Facial shields
Muscle strength dynamometers Dynamometers
Neck braces Cervical collars or neck braces
One-way valve pocket masks Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR protective shields or masks
Oxygen administration equipment Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
Parallel bars Parallel bars for rehabilitation or therapy
Personal computers Personal computers
Pulse oximeters Pulse oximeter units
Rowing machines Rowing machines
Sling psychrometers Psychrometers
Spinal immobilization equipment Spine boards
Sports helmets Safety helmets
Stair climbing machines Climbing devices for rehabilitation or therapy
Swiss exercise balls Therapeutic balls or accessories
Therapeutic paraffin baths Therapeutic paraffin baths or accessories
Therapeutic ultrasound equipment Ultrasonic therapy apparatus or supplies
Tilt tables Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care
Traction splints Traction splint sets
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units
Two way radios Two way radios
Upper extremity braces Arm orthopedic softgoods
Vacuum splints Orthopedic splint systems
Walking canes Canes or cane accessories
Weight machines Weight machines for rehabilitation or therapy
Whirlpool therapy baths Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Athletic Trainers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Athletic Trainers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Athletic Instructor
Athletic Trainer
Certified Athletic Trainer
Clinical Athletic Instructor
Clinical Education Coordinator
Clinical Instructor
Fitness Specialist
Personal Trainer
Physical Trainer
Physician Extender
Resident Athletic Trainer
Sports Athletic Trainer
Sports Medicine Coordinator
Sports Medicine Trainer
Sports Trainer
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Athletic Trainers
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