Athletic Training Mission and Purpose


The mission of the Athletic Training Program (ATP) at The University of West Florida is to provide quality didactic (classroom) and clinical (hands-on) preparation for individuals pursuing a career in the athletic training profession. The effective integration of the didactic and clinical education provides the students with the necessary knowledge and skills required to perform as a competent healthcare provider to their patients.

Purpose of the undergraduate Athletic Training Program (ATP):  

      • The program develops the cognitive and psychomotor skills in the various athletic training domains to prepare students to provide quality healthcare to the physically active person who is involved in recreational, interscholastic, intercollegiate, or professional activities.
        • The athletic training students experience a clinical education environment with the UWF Athletic Department Athletic Training staff, and other healthcare professionals in the community to provide quality, hands-on healthcare to the student-athlete participating in one of 13 intercollegiate athletic teams and/or high schools.
          • The program is committed to educating physically active individuals, coaches, administrators, other allied healthcare professionals, and the general public of the roles and responsibilities of the BOC Certified Athletic Trainer in serving as a primary point-of-service for quality healthcare to the physically active person. 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs

The AT program comprehensive assessment plan includes the following SLOs (long-term aspirational statements of educational intent):

Content

              • Identify and apply concepts and principles in the delivery of health care with various populations 
              • Identify opportunities for professional life in athletic training

Critical Thinking

                • Evaluate and use evidence-based medicine data as a framework for the delivery of health care.
                • Critically examine the literature and research in athletic training and related fields.

Communication

                  • Create and deliver effective interpersonal interaction and oral presentations
                  • Write using professional standards

Integrity/Values

                    • Recognize the ethical dilemmas encountered in the healthcare professions
                    • Describe and adhere to relevant and appropriate professional ethical standards

Project Management 

                      • Collaborate effectively with other healthcare professions and community agencies
                      • Design, implement, and assess projects using specific criteria within given time constraints.

 

Athletic Training Goals & Objectives

The ATP has structured its’ goals, objectives, and SLOs in accordance with the 8 content areas depicted in the 5th edition of the Athletic Training Educational Competencies developed by the NATA Executive Committee for Education. 

The athletic training student will:

1.  Demonstrate knowledge and skills in Prevention and Health Promotion (PHP).

1.1       Demonstrate the ability to identify injury and illness risk factors and nutritional aspects that may be encountered by athletes and others involved in physical activity and to plan and implement a Prevention and Health Promotion program with a performance of no less than 70% as evaluated by Likert scales, task sheets, check sheets and/or tests.

2.  Demonstrate knowledge and skills in Evidence –Based Practices (EBP).

2.1       Collect knowledge and values that the entry-level certified athletic trainer must possess to understand the importance of using Evidence-Based Practices necessary for to use a systematic approach to ask and answer clinically relevant questions that affect patient care by using review and application of existing research evidence with a performance of no less than 70% as evaluated by Likert scales, task sheets, research of current literature, and/or tests.

3.  Demonstrate knowledge and skills in Clinical Examination and Diagnosis (CE).

3.1       Collect the knowledge, skills, and values that the entry-level certified athletic trainer must possess to perform Clinical Examination and Diagnosis of athletes and others involved in physical activity and to determine proper care, referring the client to other health care providers when appropriate with a performance of no less than 70% as evaluated by Likert scales, task sheets, scenario-based modules, practical exams, and/or tests.

4.  Demonstrate knowledge and skills in Acute Care of Injury and Illness (AC).

4.1       Collect the knowledge, skills and values that the entry-level certified athletic trainer must possess in to recognize, assess, and treat the acute injuries and illnesses of athletes and others involved in physical activity and to provide appropriate medical referral with a performance of no less than 70% as evaluated by Likert scales, task sheets, scenario-based modules, practical exams, and/or tests.

5.  Demonstrate knowledge and skills Therapeutic Interventions (TI).

5.1       Collect the knowledge, skills, and values that the entry-level certified athletic trainer must possess in Therapeutic Interventions  including therapeutic modalities, rehabilitation and exercise, pharmacologic applications, including awareness of the indications, contraindications, precautions, and interactions of medication s and of the governing regulations relevant to the treatment of injuries to and illnesses of athletes and others involved in physical activity with a performance of no less than 70% as evaluated by Likert scales, task sheets, practical exams, and/or tests.

6.  Demonstrate knowledge and skills in Psychosocial Strategies and Referral (PS).

6.1       Collect the knowledge, skills, and values that the entry-level certified athletic trainer must possess in Psychosocial Strategies and Referral to recognize, treat, and refer, when appropriate, medical conditions and disabilities, sociocultural, mental, emotional, and physical behaviors of athletes and others involved in physical activity with a performance of no less than 70% as evaluated by Likert scales, task sheets, oral presentations, and/or tests.

7.  Demonstrate knowledge and skills of Professional Development and Responsibility (PD).

7.1       Collect the knowledge, skills, and values that the entry-level certified athletic trainer must possess Professional Development and Responsibility to understand professional responsibilities, avenues of professional development, and national and state regulatory agencies and standards in order to promote athletic training as a professional discipline and to educate athletes, students of athletic training, the general public, the physically active, and associated individuals with a performance of no less than 70% as evaluated by Likert scales, task sheets, and/or tests.

8.  Demonstrate the knowledge and skills in Healthcare Administration (HA).

8.1       Collect the knowledge, skills and values that the entry-level certified athletic trainer must possess in Healthcare Administration to develop, administer, and manage a health care facility and associated venues that provide health care to athletes and others involved in physical activity with a performance of no less than 70% as evaluated by Likert scales, task sheets, check sheets, oral presentations, and/or tests.

 

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