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Advantages/Disadvantages of Non-Traditional Athletic Training Settings

Kristen Gieniec


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“Today, athletic trainers can be found working in a wide variety of “non-traditional” settings. Not only do athletic trainers work in hospitals, corporations, industrial settings, but have delved out into the world of NASCAR racing, NASA, rodeo, police and fire safety to name a few. Potential for employment as an athletic trainer is left only to the imagination and creative problem solving of current vocational trends and shortages.”

-Jeanna Polonchek, Ed.D, ATC


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Settings variety of “non-traditional” settings. Not only do athletic trainers work in hospitals, corporations, industrial settings, but have delved out into the world of NASCAR racing, NASA, rodeo, police and fire safety to name a few. Potential for employment as an athletic trainer is left only to the imagination and creative problem solving of current vocational trends and shortages.”

  • Corporate

  • Industrial

  • Occupational

  • Rodeo

  • NASCAR

  • NASA

  • Police

  • Fire Safety


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Why Hire Athletic Trainers? variety of “non-traditional” settings. Not only do athletic trainers work in hospitals, corporations, industrial settings, but have delved out into the world of NASCAR racing, NASA, rodeo, police and fire safety to name a few. Potential for employment as an athletic trainer is left only to the imagination and creative problem solving of current vocational trends and shortages.”

  • It is shown that if a company can hire a health care professional to rehabilitate their injured employees, the costs of treatment decrease drastically.

  • If an employee is treated on site by an ATC for example, the ATC is an employee of the company so that is the only cost the company needs to pay.


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  • In turn the insurance costs decrease drastically. variety of “non-traditional” settings. Not only do athletic trainers work in hospitals, corporations, industrial settings, but have delved out into the world of NASCAR racing, NASA, rodeo, police and fire safety to name a few. Potential for employment as an athletic trainer is left only to the imagination and creative problem solving of current vocational trends and shortages.”

  • Another benefit of having an ATC on site for rehabilitation purposes is that employees in need of rehab will miss less work if the rehab is on site.


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Salaries- Traditional variety of “non-traditional” settings. Not only do athletic trainers work in hospitals, corporations, industrial settings, but have delved out into the world of NASCAR racing, NASA, rodeo, police and fire safety to name a few. Potential for employment as an athletic trainer is left only to the imagination and creative problem solving of current vocational trends and shortages.”

  • Secondary School –High School (Private) $41,000

  • Secondary School –High School (Public) $43,884

  • Clinic –Hospital Base/Clinic $43,341

  • Clinic –Secondary School/Clinic $35,227

  • College/University –Prof. Staff/Athletics/Clinic $37,678

    Average= $40,226

    2005 NATA Salary Survey


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Salaries- Non-Traditional variety of “non-traditional” settings. Not only do athletic trainers work in hospitals, corporations, industrial settings, but have delved out into the world of NASCAR racing, NASA, rodeo, police and fire safety to name a few. Potential for employment as an athletic trainer is left only to the imagination and creative problem solving of current vocational trends and shortages.”

Industrial/Occupational –Clinic $47,371

Industrial/Occupational –Ergonomics $43,714

Industrial/Occupational –Health/Wellness/Fitness $38,750

Corporate –Business Sales/Marketing $52,178

Corporate –Health/Wellness/Fitness $49,012

Average= $46,205

2005 NATA Salary Survey


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Salary Averages by Years of Experience variety of “non-traditional” settings. Not only do athletic trainers work in hospitals, corporations, industrial settings, but have delved out into the world of NASCAR racing, NASA, rodeo, police and fire safety to name a few. Potential for employment as an athletic trainer is left only to the imagination and creative problem solving of current vocational trends and shortages.”

YearsAverage

Annual Income

0-1 $28,495

1-5 $32,262


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Working Hours variety of “non-traditional” settings. Not only do athletic trainers work in hospitals, corporations, industrial settings, but have delved out into the world of NASCAR racing, NASA, rodeo, police and fire safety to name a few. Potential for employment as an athletic trainer is left only to the imagination and creative problem solving of current vocational trends and shortages.”

Non-Traditional ATC

  • Corporate/Industrial ~ 7a-3p / 8a-4p

    Traditional ATC

  • College/High School ~ 2p-8p


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Advantages variety of “non-traditional” settings. Not only do athletic trainers work in hospitals, corporations, industrial settings, but have delved out into the world of NASCAR racing, NASA, rodeo, police and fire safety to name a few. Potential for employment as an athletic trainer is left only to the imagination and creative problem solving of current vocational trends and shortages.”

The previously mentioned characteristics of the jobs described can all be considered as advantages. Better hours and pay are seen in mostly all of the positions. These jobs can be considered for any one with an Athletic Training degree.


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Disadvantages variety of “non-traditional” settings. Not only do athletic trainers work in hospitals, corporations, industrial settings, but have delved out into the world of NASCAR racing, NASA, rodeo, police and fire safety to name a few. Potential for employment as an athletic trainer is left only to the imagination and creative problem solving of current vocational trends and shortages.”

A disadvantage of the Non-Traditional setting may be viewed as the lack of variety and uniqueness to everyday experienced by Traditional setting athletic trainers. Another disadvantage could be the fact that traditional athletic trainers usually get their summers off while school is out of session.


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References variety of “non-traditional” settings. Not only do athletic trainers work in hospitals, corporations, industrial settings, but have delved out into the world of NASCAR racing, NASA, rodeo, police and fire safety to name a few. Potential for employment as an athletic trainer is left only to the imagination and creative problem solving of current vocational trends and shortages.”

  • www.nata.org

  • Zimmerman, G. “Industrial Medicine and Athletic Training: Cost-Effectiveness in the Non-traditional Setting.” J Athl Train. 1993 Summer; 28(2): 131-132, 134-[136]