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5 Reasons Every Athletic Trainer Should Know First Aid

Whether you are a trainer or just serious about getting back into shape, knowing first aid is an absolute must! Get trained and get certified to ensure your safety and the safety of your clients.

Date:   12/26/2018 10:01:04 PM   ( 4 y ) ... viewed 302 times

There's no doubt that having an athletic trainer nearby is always the safest bet for your sporting activity. However, one of the most critical skills an athletic trainer can learn is first aid. Not only is this essential to their job, but it can provide other benefits as well. Here are a few reasons why learning first aid can be crucial to the skillset of an athletic trainer.

1. Accident Preparedness

Accidents can happen virtually anywhere and anytime. In an emergency situation, being prepared is crucial for the health and safety of the injured individual. Due to this, it's important to have proper training in first aid in case of an accident. Although most sports injuries are nonfatal, it's still crucial to know how to dress a wound and properly take care of an injury. So, whether it be a bruised ankle or a broken leg, having a first aid certified athletic trainer nearby is an important safety measure.

2. Survival Tactics

First aid is all about survival, no matter the injury. Whatever type of injury an athlete has, an athletic trainer can properly dress it with proper first aid knowledge. This is why it's so important for an athletic trainer to know first aid. In fact, first aid can save a life, under serious conditions. Without a first aid certification, athletic trainers are unable to properly perform their job and cause even more injury to an athlete.

3. Beneficial for the Workplace

Having first aid knowledge and experience can be incredibly beneficial to the workplace. Since athletic trainers work in both sporting events and schools, performing first aid on students and athletes is a crucial skill. Plus, having a first aid certification as an athletic trainer can help with job growth and open you to a variety of career opportunities. To get ahead in your field, you should learn basic first aid as well as more complicated skills. Consider getting your ACLS certification online to increase your value as a worker even more.

4. Rapid Response

Most injuries require immediate care, which is why it's so important to have experience in first aid as an athletic trainer. Although having a first aid manual on-hand is a good thing to consider, it's nothing compared to having actual first-hand experience. Plus, most injuries need to be addressed quicker than you can read a manual. After an injury, getting treated as quickly as possible is crucial. With first aid training, you can instantly respond to injured athletes in case of an emergency. These life-saving skills can make you an invaluable athletic trainer.

5. Confidence Boost

Another great reason to learn first aid is to improve your confidence. Knowing that you have the skills needed to save another person's life can give you quite a confidence boost. When you come across someone with an injury, you will have the skills needed to help them and possibly even save their life. This can make you feel very good about yourself. Not only will it make you feel better about yourself but it will also give you the self-esteem needed to succeed in other aspects of your life, too.


Whether you're an athletic trainer or an athlete, first aid is an important skill to learn, no matter what. However, athletic trainers have dedicated job purposes that rely mostly entirely on first aid knowledge and application. This makes it a crucial skill set for athletic trainers to have a certification in. Hopefully, this guide showed you a few reasons why you might want first aid experience as an athletic trainer.

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