What Classes Should I Take to Become an Athletic Trainer?

Are you interested in working as a trainer with a sports team or a school? Athletic training involves examining, treating, and preventing injuries from physical activity. Athletic trainers are usually required to hold at least a bachelor's degree and professional certification to qualify for a job. Keep reading to learn more about specific classes that both undergraduate and graduate athletic training students must take. Schools offering Fitness Trainer degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Career Overview

Most athletic training positions require you to have a bachelor's degree and professional certification from the Board of Certification, Inc. (www.bocatc.org). Many positions are only open to job candidates with a master's or doctoral degree.

If you earn an athletic training degree, you might find a job helping people of all athletic skill levels maximize their performance, avoid injury, and treat existing muscle or skeletal problems. As a health professional, you'll administer a variety of physical therapy techniques. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov) reported that athletic trainers made a mean yearly salary of $44,010 as of May 2012. The classes needed to become an athletic trainer include human anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, sports psychology, and nutrition.

Human Anatomy and Physiology

This course is often required before you can begin a graduate program in athletic training. In a human anatomy and physiology class you learn about the structure of various parts of the human body. Courses will look at human muscular, circulatory, and skeletal systems. In addition to the traditional classroom environment, most human anatomy classes include a clinical component that provides you with laboratory experience dissecting human cadavers.

Kinesiology

Kinesiology classes will teach you about the science behind human movement. Athletic trainers must take kinesiology courses to discover how different types of exercises affect the human body, particularly the musculoskeletal system. Classes also might look at the particular motor movements needed in different types of sports and what actions might induce injury.

Sports Psychology

Since athletic trainers often must provide mental support to injured or recovering athletes, classes in sports psychology can be useful to your career. Sports psychology classes examine how an individual's exercise practices can affect their overall health, including their emotional well-being. Psychology principles can also be applied to coaching strategies, so that you can learn how to motivate athletes in a supportive manner.

Nutrition

Nutrition courses will show you how different nutrients affect the human body and a person's overall health. You'll learn about the types of foods needed to enhance peak physical performance and maintain proper weight.

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