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An Overview of The Profession of Athletic Training. Three components. What is a Profession?. Education. Clinical Practice. Research. Clinical Practice. Application of skills specific to Athletic Training

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An overview of the profession of athletic training

An Overview of The Profession of Athletic Training

What is a profession

Three components

What is a Profession?


Clinical Practice


Clinical practice

Clinical Practice

  • Application of skills specific to Athletic Training

    • Hands on application of prevention, recognition and evaluation, immediate care, and treatment and rehabilitation of physically active individuals

  • BOC examination

Milestones in athletic training certification

Milestones in Athletic Training Certification

  • 1969 - Decision to begin certifying athletic trainers

  • 1982 - External recognition of the BOC

  • 1989 - Incorporation of the NATA-BOC

  • Now - BOC is separate entity from NATA



  • Formulation and transmission of a particular body of knowledge

  • NATA Education Council

    • Educational competencies

    • Psychomotor skills

    • Clinical proficiencies

Evolution of at education

Evolution of AT Education

  • 1959 - 1st AT curriculum model approved by NATA

  • 1969 - 1st undergraduate AT curriculum approved by NATA

  • 1972 - 1st graduate curriculum approved by NATA

  • 1980 - NATA resolution requiring AT curriculum major, or equivalent, approved by NATA

  • 1990 - AT recognized by AMA as an allied health profession

  • 1994 - 1st entry level ATEP accredited by AMA CAHEA

  • Mid-90’s - CAAHEP

  • 2005 - CAATE



  • Systematic examination and testing of a particular discipline’s methods and principles.

  • Scholarship = Research

  • “Scholarship is what delineates a profession from a trade.”

    • Knight, Ingersoll (1998)

Why is scholarship important to athletic training

Why is Scholarship Important to Athletic Training

  • Our standing as professionals is enhanced.

  • Standard of care provided is improved.

  • Our reputation, which is determined by what others see (or fail to see) in writing, is improved.

  • Change and progress will come because we focus on our problems rather than waiting for others to give us answers.

  • We gain prestige as others look to us for knowledge

  • Our claim as authorities on health care for the physically active is enhanced.

What does all this mean to me the athletic training student

What Does All This Mean to Me, The Athletic Training Student?

Evolution of research in athletic training

Evolution of Research in Athletic Training

  • Journal of Athletic Training

  • NATA Research and Education Foundation

  • National and Regional Meetings

    • Free Communication Sessions

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