Overall Purpose of Athletic Trainer Position:  

Provide athletic training services on an ongoing basis to contracted schools to include risk management and prevention of athletic injuries.  Assist athlete with recovery from injury, avoiding injury and maintaining peak physical fitness. Work closely with Washington Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Team.  Work closely with surgeons and physician assistants in the clinic to provide casting and splinting to patients.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develops and cultivates contacts with referring physicians, businesses, schools, coaches and
    other referral sources
  • Work with doctors and other allied health professionals to deliver care to student athletes
  • Utilizes appropriate, sound and up-to-date clinical techniques to effectively assess and treat
    athletic injuries
  • Provides athletic training services to athletes as required
  • Provides community education in the areas of sports injury prevention and care (Coaches Clinic)
  • Advise athletes on the proper use of equipment
  • Plan and implement comprehensive athletic injury and illness prevention programs
  • Develop training programs and routines designed to improve athletic performance
  • Provides athletic training services at sponsored sporting events
  • Work on preventative exercise programs with coaches
  • Evaluation of athletic injuries
  • Apply protective or injury preventive devices such as tape, bandages, or braces to body parts such as ankles, fingers, or wrists
  • Concussion evaluation and monitoring, including implementation of imPACT program
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Learning and implementing proper casting and splinting techniques for patients in the clinic
  • Removing sutures and staples and applying sterile dressing to post-operative patients

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in appropriate area of specialization with professional experience in collegiate athletics. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC)
  • State Athletic Training Licensure
  • Familiar with and adhere to Washington State Laws:
      • Risk management and prevention of athletic injuries through pre-activity screening and evaluation, education programs, physical conditioning and reconditioning programs, application of commercial products, use of protective equipment, promotion of healthy behaviors and reduction of environmental risks;
      • Recognition, evaluation and assessment of athletic injuries by obtaining a history of the athletic injury, inspection and palpitation of the injured part and associated structures, and performance of specific testing techniques related to stability and function to determine the extent of an injury;
      • Immediate care of athletic injuries, including emergency medical situations through the application of first-aid and emergency procedures and techniques for non-life threatening athletic injuries;
      • Treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries through the application of physical agents and modalities, therapeutic activities and exercise, standard reassessment techniques and procedures, commercial products, and educational programs, in accordance with guidelines established by WOC; and
      • Referral of an athlete to an appropriately licensed health care provider if the athletic injury requires further definitive care or the injury or condition is outside a Trainer’s scope of practice.

Part 2: Job Requirements                                                                                               


  1. Knowledge of organizational policies, regulations and procedures to administer care
  1. Knowledge of medical equipment and instruments to effectively administer care
  1. Knowledge of common safety hazards and precautions to establish a safe work environment
  1. Skilled in applying and modifying principles, methods and techniques of medicine necessary to provide ongoing patient care
  1. Skilled in preparing and maintaining records, writing reports and responding to correspondence
  1. Ability to develop and maintain quality control standards
  2. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with athletes, coaches and medical staff
  1. Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations
  1. Ability to interpret, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures
  1. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively                                                                                                                                                   


  1. One year experience as an Athletic Trainer preferred                                                                                         

Note:  Position requires full range of body motion including but not limited to handling and lifting of patients, manual and finger dexterity, eye-hand coordination and ability to perform heavy manual procedures as required by orthopedic protocol.  Requires standing and walking for prolonged periods of time. Occasionally lifts patients weighing up to 300 pounds (with assist). Requires normal visual acuity and hearing. Frequent exposure to communicable diseases, bodily fluids, toxic substances, ionizing radiation, medicinal preparations and other conditions common to clinic/hospital environments.  Position also involves working under stress in emergency situations or during irregular hours.

This description reflects the primary responsibilities of the position identified for the purpose of job evaluation.  It should not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.

To apply please send your cover letter and resume to tnorthrup@waortho.com