Athletic trainers are highly trained sports medicine professionals. They can handle medical emergencies, prevent, care for and rehabilitate musculoskeletal injuries. They work with multimillion dollar athletes and care for their injuries. They work with college and high school athlete and help keep them safe and get them back in the game quickly and safely. They are fully trained to manage concussions from onset to full recovery. They work in the military helping our soldiers, and in the performing art. They help keep our workers in industry healthy and on the job. They help Every Body prevent and recovery from injury, and are well rewarded for it, just not financially.
When it comes to pay athletic trainers make much less than doctors, nurses, physical therapists and many others in the health care industry. They put in long hours and have to be prepared at all times for just about any and all medical emergencies. Injuries don’t usually occur during office hours, and are never scheduled. They are often standing in rain, or blistering heat, or in the freezing cold. Kneeling in mud evaluating an injury is more likely to occur then evaluating an injury on a clean exam table. The job is hard, the hours long, and there is plenty of stress. So why do they do it when they make so little?
The job isn’t about the financial rewards. It goes much deeper than that. Our main rewards come as a direct result of what we do. We are like teachers in that aspect. Our main reward is seeing that crumbled 15 year old who just tore their ACL return to football and make their first touchdown. It is about that 17 year old that sprained their ankle last week return to the basketball court and sink the winning basket. It is about recognizing that that 20 year old football player that just took a hit to the head is experiencing a concussion and getting them out of the game before further damage to their brain occurs. It is about that soldier that was wounded in combat regaining the use of his arms so that he can hug his wife and hold his newborn daughter. It is about seeing that 70 year old woman that came into our office with continual pain due to her sciatica walk out again pain free for the first time in years. It would be nice if the financial compensation for our jobs was greater, but all in all, we are well rewarded for what we do.
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