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Organizing & Implementing the District of Columbia Public SchoolsAthletic Health Care Services : Practical Lessons for Athletic Training Students Frank E. Walters, Ph.D., ATC, CoordinatorAthletic Health Care ServicesDistrict of Columbia Public Schools Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association Student Athletic Trainers Workshop Atlanta, Georgia February 14, 2003
History of D.C.P.S. Athletic Health Care Services(How We Came to Exist!) • D. C. Council - Public School Nurse Act of 1987 • Parents United - student advocacy group • Law Suit - 1989 • How does this apply to an Athletic Training Student today?
Injury Assessment First Aid Rehabilitation Conditioning Equipment Fitting Padding Taping Reporting Coordinating Emergency Planning Transporting Counseling Education Purchasing Inventory Budgeting Ray’s Job Related Activities of the ATC Ray, R. (1994). Management Strategies in Athletic Training: Champaign, Il., Human Kinetics Publishers
DCPS Issues and Early Program Development What did the school district need to do to comply with the court’s ruling and when did they need to do it it? What type of model should they follow and or develop and who would be best suited to do it? Immediate Concerns for the Athletic Department 3 ATC’s hired in Fall 1990 Coordinator hired in Jan. 1991 Program development & management Needs Assessment of the Athletic Program conducted Spring 91 H.S. Building Assessments (Administration, Staff, Building Climate) Program Development & Implementation
Immediate Concerns of the Coordinator:(what needed to be done) Identification of athletic training room space in each building Purchase equipment and supplies Medical community involvement Recruitment and hiring of certified athletic trainers Prioritize the order of immediate concerns Relevant Areas for Athletic Training Students:(what you need to know) Considerations that relate to the design of a safe and efficient clinical practice setting Budgeting, purchasing and bidding process Recruiting, selecting and employing ATC’s, MD’s as well as other medical and allied health care personnel Describe the duties of personnel management including (1) recruitment and selection of employees, (2) retention of employees, (3) development of policies and procedures manual, and employment performance evaluation Program Development
Assessment of early recruitment efforts by DCPS Athletic Trainer Education Programs National Athletic Trainers’ Association Placement Committee Networking Recruitment and Selection of Staff Athletic Trainers
Recruitment and Selection of Staff Athletic Trainers • Obstacles and hurdles • Washington, DC 1991 • Inner City School System • ATC / NATA member demographics and diversity • Ignorance and fear
Athletic Trainer Attrition 7 of the original 13 ATC’s remain Supervision Coordinator Primary Supervisor Develop weekly schedule and athletic assignments Implement a record keeping system Develop an evaluation tool together with ATC’s Mid Year,Year End & Self Evaluation Professional Development of ATC’s (in-service and ceu’s) Retention and Evaluation of Staff Athletic Trainers
Medical community involvement George Washington University - Dept. of Orthopedics Howard University - Dept. of Orthopedics Community Physicians in Private Practice Program Development
Athletic Health Care ServicesInitiatives • Emergency Action Plans • Emergency Information for Athletes • Asthma Policy
Athletic Health Care ServicesInitiatives • Thunder and Lightning Policy • Weather Service
Twelve Years of Experience • Budget Crises • Program Improvements
Twelve Years of Experience • Change Happens • Anticipate Change • Adapt to Change Quickly • Change • Enjoy Change! • Be Ready To Change Quickly and Enjoy It Again & Again • Organizational Changes • Superintendent and Principals • Athletic Directors • Coaches • Change is constant • Communication is essential Johnson, S. (1998). Who Moved My Cheese. New York, NY, G.P. Putnam’s Sons
District of Columbia Public Schools Department of Athletics Athletic Health Care Services Services provided by our Certified Athletic Trainers Include: Athletic Injury: Prevention Recognition Management Physician Referrals Rehabilitation Athletic Event Coverage
Athletic Health Care Services “Dedicated to Keeping DCPS Athletes Healthy and on the Field of Play” 2002 - 2003 Staff Certified Athletic Trainers Back Row (l-r): Dr. Eric Howard, Mark Wagner, Terry Paulsen, Dawn Bracley, Jamila Watson, Jennifer Rheeling, Eric Wagner, Dr. Frank Walters Front Row (l-r): Patricia Billingslea, Scott Shumanski, Sydni Jackson, Courtney Courtemanche, Kim Summy, Craig Veazie