Athletic Training Aide Program
Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, rehabilitation and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.
To become certified athletic trainers, students must graduate with bachelors or masters degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention and rehabilitation, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences.
While the University of Illinois does not offer a degree in athletic training that qualifies students to become certified athletic trainers, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics does utilize Athletic Training Aides to assist in the daily operations of the athletic training rooms. Athletic Training Aides are student volunteers that observe, learn, and assist the certified athletic trainers in the care and rehabilitation of varsity student-athletes. This clinical experience is valuable for students wishing to pursue careers in healthcare fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant and orthopedic medicine.
Being an Athletic Training Aide
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED?
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
Generally, student Aides will volunteer 10-20 hours per week in the athletic training room. A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week is required to be a student Aide.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
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