Athletic Trainer Benefits

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The job of an athletic trainer is an important and difficult job. Have you ever wondered what happens after your favorite athlete is taken off the field, court, or rink? Often times they are taken to the locker room to be evaluated by an athletic trainer who is a member of The National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA). NATA was founded in 1950 with only 200 athletic trainers. Now there are over 43,000 members worldwide (NATA). The job of an athletic trainer is an important and difficult job. In order to become an athletic trainer you will need to graduate high school, then it’s off to college. The first step in getting through college and getting your certificate is finding what classes you’ll need. Some of these classes include: human…show more content…
These benefits include: a good salary, a great projected job growth, employment rate, paid holidays and vacations, health insurance and retirement benefits. The mean annual income for athletic trainers in 2004 was $33,940. Of course your benefits will vary between employer and location. For example, if you worked for NATA, your benefits would be health, dental, vision, short-term disability (employer paid), long-term disability (employer paid), life insurance/AD&D (2x annual salary, employer paid), health savings account, and a flexible spending account (NATA). These are amazing benefits for being an athletic trainer. Some other possibilities for benefits are tuition reimbursement, paid attendance to conferences and courses, generous vacation of 3 weeks, personal and sick pay, holiday and bereavement leave, floating holiday hours, teleworking, and flextime, a system of working a set number of hours with the starting and finishing times chosen within agreed limits by the employee…show more content…
One athlete is Mike Trout, the left fielder for the Los Angeles Angels baseball team. The athletic trainers that helped him get back on his feet and in the game after he twisted his ankle or tore an ACL were Adam Nevala, Rick Smith, and Bernard Li. Adam Nevala rejoined the Angels athletic training staff for his 12th season, 6th with the Angels, as a trainer. Nevala served as the head athletic trainer in AAA Salt Lake City where he spent two seasons (2003-2004). He was selected to represent the American League as the head athletic trainer during the 2015 All Star Game in Cincinnati OH

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