The Hazards of Being an Athletic Trainer

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The Hazards of Being an Athletic Trainer
A trainer should use good training methods, which can maximise physical ability but minimise the risk of injury. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Athletic trainers can find their work rewarding, especially when their athletes go on to achieve outstanding performances. But a trainer's job is also one that can carry a tremendous amount of responsibility. For instance, a trainer who makes a mistake with the treatment of an athlete may ruin the athlete's career and lose his job. The most common hazards of being an athletic trainer are typical of similar health-care-related professions.

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Care of an Athlete

The most important aspect for any trainer is to help keep an athlete in good physical condition. The trainer also needs to make sure that an injured athlete isn't rushed back to action too soon. This is particularly true of a star athlete. An athlete can possibly end up with a more serious injury if she returns to her sport with an injury that has not fully healed. This can reflect badly on the trainer and his decision-making.

Treating Injuries

A trainer has to be competent in being able to treat athletes with injuries. For more serious injuries, a trainer should be knowledgeable enough to be able to give a diagnosis to a medical team. The wrong treatment of an injury can have serious consequences for an athlete's career. If an athlete's injury hasn't fully healed, then not only could the existing problem recur, but an athlete may develop new injuries. A trainer should also know about the individual's healing capacity.

Over Training

It's important to know an athlete's physical limits. When a trainer pushes an athlete too hard in training, the chances of that athlete acquiring an injury increase. Training should make an athlete physically ready for his sport. Too much training can also take the edge off an athlete's sharpness and can consequently affect their performance because of tiredness affecting their performance. In addition, trainers should keep in mind that training levels are not the same for all athletes. For example, athletes who have been injured should be eased back to overall fitness.

Wrong Training Methods

The wrong training methods can impact an athlete in a negative way and limit her chance of success. Different athletic disciplines and sports require different training methods because of strain on different parts of the body. An athletic trainer's training regimens should take into account the physical nature of the athletic discipline or sport. A good training schedule will make an athlete stronger and fitter, and will also make an athlete less likely to suffer an injury.

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