Sports Trainers


Sports Trainers


Sports trainers, also referred to as athletic trainers, certified sports medicine trainers, and certified sports medicine therapists, help amateur and professional athletes prevent injuries, give first aid when an injury occurs during a practice or event, and manage the rehabilitation programs and routines of injured athletes.

Athletic trainers often consult with physicians during all stages of athletic training to ensure that athletes under their care are physically capable of participating in comp...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree






Coaching/Physical Training


Personality Traits

Hands On


Earnings vary depending on the level of athletics in which the trainer is involved, the trainer's education and credentials, and the number and type of responsibilities. Those considering a career as an athletic trainer should keep all aspects of the job and salary in perspective; the slight increase in salary of a trainer working for a college team might be offset by the higher stress levels a...

Work Environment

Athletes train year round and so do the sports trainers who supervise their conditioning and rehabilitation programs. Depending on the level and size of an athletic program, trainers may work with athletes in one or more sports. Sports trainers who work in high schools often act as the trainer for several, or all, of the athletic teams. A lot also depends on the school's budgetary restrictions....


The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for athletic trainers will grow by 19 percent, much faster than the average for all careers, throughout 2028. The coronavirus pandemic has curtailed job growth for athletic trainers in 2020 into 2021, due to the cancellations and postponements of many sports. As trainings and games resume, employment growth is projected to pick up. In genera...