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Evaluate and advise individuals to assist recovery from or avoid athletic-related injuries or illnesses, or maintain peak physical fitness. May provide first aid or emergency care.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Psychrometers
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  • Dynamometers
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  • Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves
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  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units
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  • Medical hydrocollators or accessories
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Medical software
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  • Spreadsheet software
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  • Word processing software
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  • Office suite software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Conduct an initial assessment of an athlete's injury or illness to provide emergency or continued care and to determine whether they should be referred to physicians for definitive diagnosis and treatment.
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  • Care for athletic injuries, using physical therapy equipment, techniques, or medication.
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  • Evaluate athletes' readiness to play and provide participation clearances when necessary and warranted.
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  • Apply protective or injury preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, or braces, to body parts, such as ankles, fingers, or wrists.
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  • Assess and report the progress of recovering athletes to coaches or physicians.
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  • Collaborate with physicians to develop and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries.
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  • Advise athletes on the proper use of equipment.
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  • Plan or implement comprehensive athletic injury or illness prevention programs.
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  • Develop training programs or routines designed to improve athletic performance.
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  • Travel with athletic teams to be available at sporting events.
  •  Skills
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
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  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $57,862.00 N/A  N/A  N/A - N/A 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $61,568.00 N/A  N/A  N/A - N/A 
    Hartford $52,120.00 N/A  N/A  N/A - N/A 
    New Haven $58,287.00 N/A  N/A  N/A - N/A 
    New London/Norwich $73,406.00 N/A  N/A  N/A - N/A 
    Waterbury $53,093.00 N/A  N/A  N/A - N/A 
    Torrington $58,682.00 N/A  N/A  N/A - N/A 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   23
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow much faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
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