Diagnoses, treats, and helps prevent injuries that occur during sporting events, athletic training, and physical activities.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Diagnoses or treats disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
- Orders and interprets the results of laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging procedures.
- Advises against injured athletes returning to games or competition if resuming activity could lead to further injury.
- Records athletes' medical care information and maintains medical records.
- Records athletes' medical histories and performs physical examinations.
- Examines and evaluates athletes prior to participation in sports activities to determine level of physical fitness or predisposition to injuries.
- Coordinates sports care activities with other experts including specialty physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, or coaches.
- Provides education and counseling on illness and injury prevention.
- Advises athletes, trainers, or coaches to alter or cease sports practices that are potentially harmful.
- Participates in continuing education activities to improve and maintain knowledge and skills.
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