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Athletic trainers, also known as ATs, specialize in the management, prevention, and recovery of injured athletes. Many times, athletic trainers are the first medical professionals on the scene after an injury. Athletic trainers collaborate with doctors to provide emergency and follow-up care and develop injury prevention and treatment programs for injured athletes.

In addition to completing a Bachelor’s degree, Athletic Therapists must complete the Athletic Therapy program at one of eight CATA-accredited institutions in Canada, including on-field and in-clinic practical training. Certification Candidates must hold a valid First Responder certificate* and, after graduating, must successfully pass the National Certification Examination.

Athletic Therapists are usually paid hourly, and annual average earnings in Canada reportedly range from $43,000-$87,000

• Interview patients and conduct physical examinations.
• Recognize, assess, manage, and rehabilitate musculoskeletal injuries.
• Initiate, design, and implement specialized therapy programs.
• Observe and analyze patients during treatment sessions.
• Refer injured patients to the appropriate specialized medical personnel as required.
• Consult with medical professionals on patients' progress and treatment plans.
• Provide basic emergency life support and first-aid as required.
• Advise patients on appropriate exercise and rehabilitation programs.
• Act as a liaison between athletes and coaches.
• Remain current with frequent advances in medical care and therapeutic techniques

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