An athletic trainer guides the athletes about the correct use of equipments and imparts the correct methods of doing the exercises. Even the task of buying affordable equipments comes under his/her purview. He/she acts as a mediator between the doctor, the instructor and his family, in order to decide his return to practice and competition. Knowledge about first-aid medical treatment is necessary for the trainer. Behind every successful athlete, there lies the hard work of a good athletic trainer. He/she needs to be mentally and physically very strong, as he/she has to work for long hours under extreme pressure.
Numerous institutions in India have started imparting courses that lead to degree or diploma in athletic training. Requirement for under graduate program in the field is 10+2 from a recognized Board, while the minimum eligibility for post graduate program is a Bachelor’s degree in any stream. These programs provide health related knowledge including anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and biomechanics. Athletic training is a job of an expert and therefore, besides, class room education, practical exposure is also required for the job.
With the increasing inclination of people towards sports, the scope in the field of athletic training has widened. Lots of opportunities are waiting for skilled and professionally trained athletic trainers, in India. One can work at college or at sports medicine clinic and academies, as athletic trainer. In addition to this, one can assume the task of an athletic trainer in professional sports teams, industrial or corporate settings. Experienced athletic trainer can work as health educator or training specialist.
Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Numerous sports institutions in India are now stressing on the need to impart education related to athletic training, to the young aspirants. Some of the reputed institutions in India, offering coaching in this field are Amity School of Physical Studies and Sports Sciences (Noida), Amravati Shikshan Prasarak Mandal's College of Physical Education (Maharashtra), Indira Gandhi Institute Of Physical Education & Sports Sciences (New Delhi), Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (Patiala) and BPCAS College of Physical Education (Mumbai).
Athletic training - one of the most challenging jobs - fetches decent remuneration. A beginner can expect a salary between Rs 25000-Rs35000. Experience adds to the earning of the athletic trainer.