Assistant athletic trainers work under the supervision of a head trainer, usually within the athletic program of an institution. Their work is very similar to that of the head athletic trainer, but simply in a non-administrative capacity. Their main goal is to provide training services to the best of their ability, as well as successfully handle injuries. Assistant trainers must have sufficient knowledge of athletic injury prevention and, in the event that an injury occurs, be able to identify and evaluate it and oversee rehabilitation.
Assistant athletic trainers supervise athletic performance and, along with the head trainer, determine a player's level of fitness and ability to perform. They may also assist the head trainer with maintaining equipment, enforcing codes of conduct among athletes, and assisting with scheduling and administrative tasks.
Assistant athletic trainers report to head trainers and are usually part of an organization's athletic department. They are often part of a broader team of people which also includes coaching staff and medical personnel. Typically, they are employed by universities, professional sports teams, or one of many other organizations with athletic teams. They also work alongside the athletes they train.
Those in this position typically work during the day and within regular hours, but may also be present for athletic events at night or on weekends. They must be certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC), and are often expected to hold at least a Bachelor's degree in a field related to athletic training.