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Athletic Training Program
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Clinical Education Overview

Athletic training students who are pursuing BOC certification are required to perform a clinical component within the degree plan. Students gain clinical education experiences that address the continuum of care that would prepare a student to function in a variety of settings with patients engaged in a range of activities with conditions described in athletic training knowledge, skills and clinical abilities, role delineation study and standards of practice delineated for a certified athletic trainer in the profession.

Examples of clinical experiences may include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Individual and team sports
  • Sports requiring protective equipment (e.g., helmet and shoulder pads); Patients of different sexes
  • Non-sport patient populations (e.g., outpatient clinic, emergency room, primary care office, industrial, performing arts, military)
  • A variety of conditions other than orthopedics (e.g., primary care, internal medicine, dermatology)

CAATE Standard #50, 2012


General Clinical Education Responsibilities

Each of these responsibilities will vary with each athletic training student according to his/her clinical education level.  You will be held responsible for knowing your duties and for performing them to the best of your ability.  In general, you will be expected to:

  • Learn the correct and effective application of all taping, bandaging, padding, etc.  All athletic training students should learn the correct taping procedures and apply it within a certain degree of proficiency.  The required time proficiency for an ankle tape job is two minutes. Do not hesitate to inquire if you are unsure of correct methods or techniques.
  • Learn the application of therapeutic modalities and the precautions involved.  There will be few restrictions on your use of certain equipment.  Do not use a piece of equipment until given permission to do so by a certified instructor.
  • Familiarize yourself with proper first aid procedures and emergency care. At some time or another, you will be asked to cover an athletic event or practice by yourself; know the location of all emergency phones.
  • Familiarize yourself with general athletic training room policies, physical examination requirements, medical referrals, emergency procedures, etc.
  • Assist and cooperate fully at all times with the head, assistant, and graduate assistant athletic trainers as well as the team physician.
  • Familiarize yourself with daily cleaning duties as well as opening and closing duties.  The training room is a medical facility and should be cleaned throughout the work day and at closing. Lab pix 3


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