ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM (ATP) EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
The educational and behavioral objectives of our ATP strive to prepare athletic training students (ATS) as allied health care professionals. The following educational and behavioral objectives comprise the role of the Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC):
- ATS will be prepared to practice the profession of athletic training by utilizing the skills obtained through effective learning of the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains.
- ATS will be able to identify injury and illness risk factors associated with participation in competitive athletics and will be able to plan and implement all components of a comprehensive athletic injury and illness prevention program.
- ATS will be able to conduct a thorough initial clinical evaluation of injuries and illnesses commonly sustained by the competitive athlete. Students will be able to formulate an impression of the injury or illness for the primary purposes of administering proper first aid and emergency care and making appropriate referrals to physicians for diagnosis and medical treatment.
- ATS will be able to provide appropriate first aid and emergency care for acute athletic injuries and illnesses according to accepted standards (American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or equivalent) and refer injured and ill athletes to appropriate medical/paramedical personnel for evaluation and diagnosis and follow-up care.
- ATS will be able to plan and implement a comprehensive rehabilitation and reconditioning program for injuries and illnesses sustained by the competitive athlete.
- ATS will be able to plan, coordinate, and supervise all administrative components of an athletic training program including those pertaining to health care services (physical examinations and screening, first aid and emergency care, follow-up care and rehabilitation), financial management, training room management, personnel management and public relations.
- ATS will be able to provide health care information and counseling to athletes, parents, and coaches on matters pertaining to the physical, psychological, and emotional health and well-being of the athlete.
- ATS will be able to interpret the role of the certified athletic trainer as a health care provider, promoting athletic training as a professional discipline, and providing instruction in athletic training and sports medicine subject matters.
- Students will be able to realize their own personal strengths or weaknesses in the athletic training profession and continue to achieve continuing education.
- ATS will be prepared to practice the profession of athletic training when working cooperatively with allied health care personnel including, but not limited to, physicians, physician assistants, chiropractors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, sports psychologists, sports nutritionists, nurses, exercise physiologists and hospital/clinic administrators.