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Industrial Athletic Trainers: Unsung Heroes of the Workforce

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  • Published
  • 21 March 2024
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Written by Kála Earley

In the bustling corridors of industry, where the hum of machinery and the rhythm of productivity create the soundtrack of progress, there are unsung heroes dedicated to the well-being of the workforce: industrial athletic trainers. In March, National Athletic Training Month gives us an opportunity to sing their praises.

The goal of industrial athletic trainers is to improve the overall quality of life for employees. These professionals are the vanguard of workplace wellness, providing virtual and onsite support for employees to better manage the physical, mental and emotional demands of work. They bring a range of experience to the workplace, including training in sports medicine, injury prevention, first aid, ergonomics, industry regulations and wellness education.

Enhancing Quality of Life

Athletic trainers help individuals find a balance that supports long-term well-being. This holistic approach ensures that employees leave work feeling energized rather than exhausted, ready to enjoy their personal time to the fullest.

Industrial athletic trainers fill a pivotal role by enhancing workforce productivity. Their expertise in ergonomics and injury prevention is instrumental in creating a work environment that promotes efficiency and minimizes injury risk. By educating employees on proper body mechanics and movement strategies, athletic trainers empower workers to perform their tasks effectively, reducing the incidence of musculoskeletal disorders, a leading cause of absenteeism and productivity loss.

The presence of industrial athletic trainers fosters a positive workplace culture because their proactive approach to health and fitness helps instill a sense of confidence among employees. We have observed that a strong sense of purpose and positive attitudes are contagious and essential to the development of a harmonious work environment in which individuals feel cared for and valued for their contributions.

Wellness Education

Education is a cornerstone of the industrial athletic trainer’s role. Through workshops, seminars and one-on-one coaching, athletic trainers equip employees with the knowledge they need to take charge of their health. Topics such as nutrition, stress management, and the importance of regular exercise are covered, providing workers with the tools they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle at work and in their personal lives.

They also offer strategies to combat fatigue, such as micro-break exercises, relaxation techniques, and proper hydration and nutrition during the workday. These interventions are crucial in helping employees retain their energy.

Industrial athletic trainers are a vital asset to any organization. Their commitment to the health, safety and well-being of employees enhances productivity, promotes positive attitudes and contributes to a happier, healthier workforce. As we continue to navigate the complexities of modern industry together, we invite employers and their employees to acknowledge the significant contributions these unsung professionals quietly make on a daily basis.

Kála Earley, MBA/MHA, LAT, ATC, CEAS, is Implementation & Training Manager for WorkCare’s Industrial Athlete Program. To learn more, contact us at