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Most trainers, like other professionals who work with athletes, were first drawn to sports as participants. High school and college students can gain valuable experience by actively participating in a sport. Such experience lends a prospective trainer added insight into the injuries typical of a given sport, as well as the compassion and empathy necessary to comfort an injured athlete who is forced to sit out a game. Most teams need help with everything from equipment to statistics, so plenty of opportunities exist to explore a variety of sports-related positions. Good experience can be gained by working with and learning beside a trainer or team physician. This type of experience is a helpful foundation for a future internship or job; successful candidates are usually those with the most experience and on-the-job training.

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