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50 Athletic Training Interview Questions 2019 | FAQS

Filed in Interviews by on July 1, 2019


Athletic Training Interview Questions – An athletic trainer (ATC) is a highly qualified medical professional who deals with injuries that occur with the physically active population.  Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. The NATA Code of Ethics states the principles of ethical behavior that should be followed in the practice of athletic training.

Athletic Training Interview Questions

Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skill set, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follow the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree. Learn more about the education of athletic trainers.

ATCs focus on seven major tasks. These tasks include:

  1. Prevention
  2. Evaluation and recognition
  3. First aid and emergency care
  4. Rehabilitation and conditioning
  5. Organization
  6. Counseling and guidance
  7. Education

Job Responsibilities of an Athletic Trainer

  1. Apply protective or injury-preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, and braces
  2. Recognize and evaluate injuries
  3. Provide first aid or emergency care
  4. Develop and carry out rehabilitation programs for injured athletes
  5. Plan and implement comprehensive programs to prevent injury and illness among athletes
  6. Perform administrative tasks, such as keeping records and writing reports on injuries and treatment programs

Job Requirements of an Athletic Trainer

  1. Athletic trainers must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Most commonly, students interested in athletic training can pursue an athletic training major, which is typically offered as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program. Other major options may include kinesiology, sports science, or exercise science.
  2. The majority of the country requires athletic trainers to obtain their athletic training license, but specific requirements vary by state. Generally, states use the standard certification exam offered by the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC).
  3. Passing this exam and having completed an educational program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) usually leads to initial certification. Students must take continuing education courses to maintain their certification throughout their career.

50 Athletic Training Interview Questions – FAQS

  1. Why did you apply to this position?

  2. Tell us how you prepared for this interview.

  3. Be prepared to answer any questions related to your resume, cover letter, or anything that the committee may have learned while completing your reference checks.

  4.  How would a colleague in the field describe you?

  5. How would your athletes describe you? How would a coach describe you?

  6. How would you deal with an angry or upset injured athlete?

  7. How do you find common ground with someone with whom you have a difference of opinion?

  8. How would you deal with an athlete who is noncompliant with your rehab program?

  9. Coping skills / how do you handle stress in the workplace:

  10. Describe a time when you were faced with problems or stresses at work or school that tested your coping skills. What did you do?

  11.  Tell us about your strengths? Weaknesses?

  12. Describe your work ethic.

  13. What personal/professional traits make for an effective preceptor/supervisor of athletic training students (if supervising or clinical instruction is part of the job requirement).

  14. This job will not be a 9 am to 5 pm job, and it will involve some travel and some weekend work. Will you be able to handle that?

  15. There may be job-specific questions to identify your preparation to handle the job (i.e. experience working an equipment intensive sport, or other qualifications that might be helpful to a specific job such as having a strength and conditioning certification or experience with Impact Testing, or nutritional analysis, etc.)

  16. What do you think is the biggest challenge you will face if you are offered and accept this position? • Why should we hire YOU? What can you do for us that someone else cannot?

  17. Do you have any questions for us (yes, you should always ha

  18. Walk me through how you evaluate athletes’ readiness to play and provide participation clearances when necessary and warranted.

  19. Tell me how you conduct an initial assessment of an athlete’s injury or illness to provide emergency or continued care and to determine whether they should be referred to physicians for definitive diagnosis and treatment.

  20. What is the most challenging part of caring for athletic injuries, using physical therapy equipment, techniques, or medication?

  21. Share a practical way to assess and report the progress of recovering athletes to coaches or physician

  22. Describe an example when you Instructed coaches, athletes, parents, medical personnel, or community members in the care and prevention of athletic injuries.

  23. Share with me how you plan or implement comprehensive athletic injury or illness prevention programs.

  24. What have you found to be the best way to apply protective or injury preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, or braces, to body parts, such as ankles, fingers, or wrists?

  25. Describe an experience in which you identified the educational needs of your students and successfully developed a way to teach/train them.

  26. How do you stay fit in order to perform physical activities that are required in the workplace?

  27. Describe powerful training programs or routines designed to improve athletic performance.

  28. What have you found to be the best way to advise athletes on the proper use of equipment?

  29. What is the most challenging part of Inspecting playing fields to locate any items that could injure players?

  30. In your experience, what is the key to developing a good team? (Look for how they build mutual trust, respect, and cooperation.)

  31. Please share an experience in which you successfully taught a difficult principle or concept. How were you able to be successful?

  32. Provide a time when you worked in a rapidly evolving workplace. How did you deal with the change? (Make sure the candidate is flexible.)

  33. Provide an example of when you were persistent in the face of obstacles.

  34. Share an example of when you established and accomplished a goal that was personally challenging. What helped you succeed?

  35. Share an example of when you went above and beyond the “call of duty”. (Look for answers that show the candidate is dependable.)

  36. Please share an experience in which you successfully taught a difficult principle or concept. How were you able to be successful?

  37.  Share with me how you file athlete insurance claims and communicate with insurance providers.

  38. Provide a time when you dealt calmly and effectively with a high-stress situation.

  39. Share with me how you plan or implement comprehensive athletic injury or illness prevention programs.

  40. What is the key to success with collaborating with physicians to develop and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries?

  41. Please share with me an example of how you helped coach or mentor someone. What improvements did you see in the person’s knowledge or skills?

  42. Tell us about your background and professional preparation for this job (educational background, previous positions held, etc.)

  43. How do you respond to sudden changes in your schedule?

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