What's it like to be a Sports Trainer?
A Sports Trainer is responsible for making sport safer for the athletes that participate in it. That can be preventative, teaching players how to prevent injuries using anatomical expertise, or curative, giving first aid and ensuring injuries are tended to quickly and effectively.
Tasks and duties
- Training players in musculoskeletal anatomy and body movement.
- Teaching players about nutrition and hydration, and ensuring they are eating and drinking correctly.
- Discussing illnesses and injuries with players and providing frontline treatment.
- Managing injured athletes and coordinating the rehabilitation process.
- Giving players guidance and lead pre-match warm-up, stretching and post-match cooldowns.
- Transporting injured athletes and coordinating contemporaneous medical services.
- Taping hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees and ankles with sports tape to prevent new injuries.
- Comply with sporting codes, particularly regulations around drugs in sport.
What can I earn as a Sports Trainer?
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How to become a Sports Trainer
- Complete a Sports Trainer Level 1, 2 or 3 certification. You can find these courses at private colleges, such as Sports Medicine Australia. There are no specific minimum entry requirements for Level 1, and it will take you between 1 day and 1 week to complete full-time. Level 1 is a prerequisite for Levels 2 and 3.
- Complete a Bachelor of Medicine, Sports Management or Exercise Science at university. You will need to have completed year 12 or gain special admission through an alternative pathway.
- You will need a police clearance and Working With Children Check if you plan to train people under 18 years of age.
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