Careers in Athletic Training

Graduates of the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program have gained employment in a wide variety of settings and have also been accepted to prestigious graduate/residency/internship programs.

Who are Athletic Trainers?

Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, 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. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master's degree.

Athletic Trainers work with:

  • Injury/Illness Prevention
  • Wellness Protection
  • Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
  • Immediate and Emergency Care
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation

Where will I work?

Athletic Trainers can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Hospital & Clinical
  • Military
  • Physician Extender
  • Public Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Industrial Setting
  • Professional Sports

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PT Alumni

JJ Hannigan MAT, ATC

I am currently a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching fellow in the Human Physiology Department at the University of Oregon. My research uses 3D motion capture technology to study the biomechanics of runners, with the goal of identifying risk factors for developing running-related injuries. While at Oregon I have taught classes in biomechanics, exercise and performance, and biostatistics, both as a lecture and laboratory instructor. I plan to graduate in 2017, and will likely pursue a career in academia.

The focus on evidence-based practice at SLU spurred my desire to pursue a career in research. As my own knowledge base grew, I realized there were significant research gaps in our understanding of running-related injuries. My current research goals are deeply rooted in the strong clinical foundation I received at SLU.

AT Alumni Katie McReynolds

Katie McReynolds MAT, ATC

I am one of two Athletic Trainers at Denver East High School in Denver, CO. We have over 1600 athletes during the year with 700 just in the fall and most are dual sport athletes. The AT I work with is a legend, and has set the standards high for me. Her name is Lisa, and she recently saved the life our one of our Assistant Principals. Every time she runs onto the field, the students chant, "Lisa! Lisa! Lisa!" My favorite memory so far was when I ran onto the basketball court one time last year and they chanted my name. It was heart warming, and I felt a great deal of respect from my students. The parents are extremely thankful at East to have every level of every sport covered at all times. That makes my job very rewarding.

My clinical evaluations really stood out for my employer when they were hiring me. I think all of my education at SLU was so beneficial, especially being able to bear witness to many different injuries and situations.

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