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Sports Trainer

Provide training, coaching and advice to athletes and sports players.

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.

Sports Trainer

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


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Sports Trainers need to be qualified to be able to manage the health and wellbeing of players and athletes.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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How do Sports Trainers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 4 Sports Trainers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.5
Job satisfaction
4.5
Career progression opportunities
4.0
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.5
Variety of work
3.3

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Oct 2018
Sports training is a great job for a weekend while at uni
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Physiotherapist
The good things
I enjoyed the ability to develop relationships with the players in the teams and the other sports trainers at my club. The work was enjoyable and laid back and allowed me a good opportunity to practic...
The challenges
The role could be difficult as I was often needed to be at training quite late and this interrupted my studies on occasion
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Oct 2018
Sports training is an enjoyable job
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Sports Science
The good things
If you enjoy sport and being part of an amazing community energy
The challenges
Challenges of thinking on the spot during an in-game scenario. Communication between Trainer, Coach and players
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What are the job opportunities for Sports Trainers?

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Source: LMIP. Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials

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