Athletic Trainer, Carolina Family Practice and Sports Medicine

North Carolina, United States
26 May 2019
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26 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

General Description

The certified athletic trainer in the Duke University Health System serves as a physician extender in the primary care, primary care sports medicine, and/or orthopaedic clinical setting.  The certified athletic trainer specializes in the delivery of high quality health care to patients of all ages and athletes of all skill levels. The certified athletic trainer is certified by the Board of Certification (NATA BOC) and is licensed to practice athletic training in the state of North Carolina by the North Carolina Board of Athletic Training Examiners (NCBATE). The certified athletic trainer promotes the Duke University Health System within his/her own entity as well as through community outreach initiatives.  The certified athletic trainer within the health system serves as an integral part of the healthcare delivery team.  The Duke University Health System Values of excellence, safety, integrity, diversity, and teamwork will guide the daily responsibilities and outreach efforts put forth by the certified athletic trainer.

Job Duties

Support physician and other clinical / ancillary staff in daily patient care.

  1. Complies with all OSHA and JHACO-issued policies and procedures.
  2. Performs appropriate patient intake for a variety of medical and musculoskeletal conditions. This includes, but is not limited to, thorough history of condition or injury, chief complaint, assessment of pain level, completion and / or review of past medical history, family history, and social history, and medication reconciliation.
  3. Performs appropriate physical examination per patient history and chief complaint. This includes but is not limited to palpation of the affected area and unaffected area, range of motion testing, strength testing / manual muscle testing / dynamic muscle testing, myotome/dermatome testing, ligamentous stress testing, or functional testing.
  4. At direction of supervising physician, performs appropriate point of care testing. This includes but is not limited to: UA, upreg, mono spot, rapid flu, etc.
  5. At direction of supervising physician, orders appropriate diagnostic testing or follow-up care that includes but is not limited to: xrays, MRI, CT scan, EMG, diagnostic ultrasound, rehabilitation referrals, specialty referrals, and prescription medications.
  6. Documents all aspects of evaluation, testing appropriately within the EMR.
  7. Based on patient diagnosis, current activity level and patient care plan goal, collaborates with supervising physician to: develop and teach an appropriate home exercise program ii. appropriately choose and fit durable medical equipment iii. fabricate and apply custom splint or cast iv. fit patient with any other rehabilitation equipment / implement (TENS, bone stim, etc) v. educate patient as to why any of the above or combination of the above is included in the plan of care vi. appropriately remove casts / splints vii. instruct appropriate use of inhaler to patient viii. instruct a newly-diagnosed diabetic patient on glucometer usage ix. instruct a patient on self-administration of injections (B12, Testosterone, etc) x. instruct a patient on home nebulizer use
  8. Uses current best practices for concussion evaluation, which includes but is not limited to
  9. Symptom scoring via detailed clinical interview ii. ImPACT neurocognitive test iii. C3 Logix test iv. Vestibular Ocular Motor Screen v. Balance Assessment vi. Recognition of symptom clusters, clinical trajectories based on symptom presentation i. Collaborates with supervising physician to develop a specific concussion care plan for each patient that includes academic and physical recommendations based on clinical assessment
  10. Prepares for and assists physician with minor procedures, including preparation of patient treatment site for the following: i. skin biopsies ii. joint injections iii. PRP iv. toenail removal v. wound care vi. suture application / suture removal vii. staple application / staple removal

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Physician extender / athletic trainer in a physician office setting experience
  • Use of electronic medical record
  • One year of experience as a certified athletic trainer preferred, but not required.

Education Requirements/Preferences

Bachelor’s Degree in athletic training or equivalent from a CAATE accredited program is required. Work requires knowledge of the domains of athletic training: injury/illness prevention and wellness protection, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organizational and professional well-being.

Experience Requirements/Preferences

  • Master’s Degree preferred.


  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification credential is required.
  • North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainer Examiners License required (or eligible for licensure).

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work under time pressures in a busy clinic/office environment.
  • Must be present on site for 8 hour shifts during standard business hours.
  • Must participate in group activities requiring interpersonal skills & cooperation.
  • Must work as late person when scheduled or according to business needs
  • Must be able to react quickly and immediately respond to emergencies.
  • Must travel between locations on needed basis.
  • Must be able to handle multiple assignments, conflicting demands & priorities.
  • Must maintain attention to detail over extended period of time.
  • Must be continually aware of variations in changing situations.
  • Must be able to move throughout office environment throughout day.
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
  • Must be able to push/pull 25 lbs.
  • Must be able to carry 10 lbs.
  • Must be able to reach for objects by extending arms.

Location Other


Job Family Level D2

Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME

Regular / Temporary Regular

Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Bachelors degree in athletic training or equivalent from a CAATE accredited program required. Work requires knowledge of the domains of athletic training: injury/illness prevention and wellness protection, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organizational and professional health and well-being. NATABOC Certification (National Athletic Trainers Association-Board of Certification) is required.


No experience required.

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