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Title: Role of the Athletic Trainer


1
Role of the Athletic Trainer
  • Dan Foster, PhD, ATC
  • Sports Medicine Conference
  • August 9, 2007

2
Big Picture
  • Athletic trainers have a long tradition of
    focusing on a full-spectrum of health care for
    the physically active population

3
Plan
  • Background and current status
  • What makes a successful athletic trainer
  • Other issues
  • Characteristic roles
  • Best fit

4
Background
  • NATA primary organization
  • 30,000 members
  • 70 have MS or PhD/EdD
  • Accredited schools, licensed to practice
  • 50 work outside of school settings
  • Iowa legacy
  • 1925 Drake Relays
  • Bill Frey
  • WD Paul

5
1925 November 7 The aerial game had to be
forgotten when the worst blizzard of the year
blew a gale through Iowa Field. The Hawkeye
billed the game Iowa vs. Wisconsin vs. the
Elements. The snowy wind was so strong that
punters actually lost ground on two occasions. In
the end, Iowa lost by a score of 6-0. It was the
first Hawkeye defeat of the season.
6
Background Competence
  • Risk management and injury prevention
  • Pathology of injury and illness
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Acute care of injury and illness
  • Pharmacology
  • Therapeutic modalities
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • General medical conditions and disabilities
  • Nutritional aspects of injury and illness
  • Psychosocial intervention and referral
  • Health care administration
  • Professional development and responsibilities

NATA Competencies in Athletic Training ,2005
7
Currently
  • Athletic trainers are employed in
  • Performing arts
  • Corporations
  • Industrial plants
  • Military
  • Schools
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Physicians offices
  • Other health care facilities, Rodeo, Professional
    golf

8
Success
  • Work under the direction of the Team Physician
  • Use knowledge of
  • Hygiene
  • Conditioning
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Protective equipment
  • Environmental conditions
  • Clinical Sciences Training
  • Personal Characteristics
  • Mature interpersonal relationships
  • Good physical condition
  • Confidence in making decisions
  • Strong loyalties and personal integrity
  • Make the athlete primary

9
Other Issues
  • Long hours nights, weekends, travel is common
  • Job satisfaction Herrera, et al. 2003
  • DIaa Football programs
  • 138 ATCs (73 ?, 65 ?)
  • Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire
  • Program directors and faculty had highest job
    satisfaction
  • GAs had lowest
  • Males higher than Females
  • As experience increased, satisfaction increased

10
Characteristic Roles
  • PREVENTION/RISK
  • Assisting and coordinating training and
    conditioning programs
  • Ensuring safe playing environments
  • Selecting, fitting, and maintaining protective
    equipment
  • Explaining the importance of nutrition
  • Using medications appropriately

Prentice, 2006
11
Characteristics Roles
  • CLINICAL EVALUATION DIAGNOSIS
  • Conducting physical examinations
  • Understanding the pathology of injury illness
  • Referring to medical care
  • Referring to support services

Prentice, 2006
12
Characteristics Roles
  • IMMEDIATE CARE OF INJURY ILLNESS
  • TREATMENT, REHABILITATION RECONDITIONING
  • Designing rehabilitation programs
  • Supervising rehabilitation programs
  • Incorporating therapeutic modalities
  • Offering psychosocial intervention

Prentice, 2006
13
Characteristics Roles
  • ORGANIZATION ADMINISTRATION
  • Record keeping
  • Ordering equipment supplies
  • Supervising personnel
  • Establishing policies for the program

Prentice, 2006
14
Characteristics Roles
  • PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Education
  • Promotion
  • Counseling
  • Research

Prentice, 2006
15
Best Fit Roles
  • Immediately accessible for emergency pre-hospital
    care (95 of parents Board of Education, 2006)
  • Educate clients about nutrition and exercise (96
    of parents Board of Education, 2006)
  • Improve access to medical/therapy care (Kohl,
    2005)
  • Improve MD/PT productivity and patient
    satisfaction (Albohm et al., 2004)
  • CPT codes for AT 97005, 9700 (AMA, 2000)
  • UB code (AHA, 1999)

16
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