I’m an Athletic Trainer.
Oh, so you’re a gym teacher? NO.
Oh, so you’re a personal trainer? NO
Oh, so you’re a strength coach? NO
Wait, so what do you do?
Believe it or not, this type of exchange actually happens a lot. It’s funny, because athletic trainers (ATs) are everywhere. Most high schools, colleges, semi-pro teams, Olympic teams, professional teams, and basically any organized athletic association has them. Athletic Trainers work for corporations, for the military, as physician extenders, and in the performing arts (Yes, Cirque du Soleil employs athletic trainers for the performers).
Athletic Trainers are on TV all the time. Although they’re usually being called “trainers” by the talent at ESPN or your local news organization, so I don’t blame you if you don’t know who we are.
I work at a small Division III college in Boston, and along with my colleagues, am responsible for the…