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Athletic trainer keeps student-athletes healthy
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John Murat stands in front of a mural of the Bradwell Tigers mascot. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
Name: John Murat

Occupation: Senior athletic trainer for the Liberty County School System

Are you married?
Married with six children, Timmy, Ashley, Julie, Jacob, Justin and Megan.

Do you have any special training?
"You have to have a bachelor's degree in anatomy, physiology, sports health, sports medicine or health medicine," Murat said. "At the time I received my degree, you also went through a period of time where you worked 1,500 hours as a student athletic trainer toward your certification. You worked under the guidance of an athletic trainer and when you finished your hours, you need to pass a written test to get your certification. But now you must have a bachelor's degree to become a trainer."
Murat has been the athletic trainer for 12 years and has worked as the athletic trainer for the Bradwell Institute Tigers since earning his certification. Murat is a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association, an organization that encompasses the guidelines and education all athletic trainers must obtain and maintain to stay credentialed in the industry. In order to maintain his certification, Murat said he has to take continuing education courses every three years and stay current on his CPR training.

What's the best part of your job? "Working with the student-athletes at Bradwell and with the student athletic trainers I've been blessed with for the past many years, as well as the coaches, parents and physicians," Murat said.

What's the worst part of your job? "According to my wife, it's that there is never a break in the hours."

What's a trainer's salary range? Murat said athletic trainers earn anywhere from $35,000-$60,000, depending on the team, your experience and your degrees.
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