Athletic Training Objectives

The following list of objectives defines each level within the athletic training education program. Each of the objectives is taught in the classroom and practiced in a clinical setting.

Students receive grades in the Athletic Training Practicum courses for their performance of these skills. Students are also evaluated twice each semester on their progress in achieving these objectives.

Students in level 1 should:

  • Demonstrate proper taping technique
  • Perform taping skills effectively, with minimal wrinkles, appropriate speed and tension
  • Demonstrate proper wrapping technique
  • Perform wrapping skills effectively, with appropriate security, speed and tension
  • Demonstrate proper techniques for wound care
  • Accurately utilizes Universal Precautions, following OSHA regulations
  • Accurately measure vital signs (body temperature, blood pressure, pulse)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of normal parameters for vital signs
  • Accurately select and fit various ambulatory aids
  • Select and accurately applies immobilization devices
  • Provide appropriate emergency care for spine injured patient
  • Demonstrate understanding of necessary set-up for athletic competition and games
  • Maintain a clean athletic training facility

Students in level 2 should:

  • Use appropriate anatomical terms
  • Accurately identify anatomical landmarks
  • Use knowledge of anatomy to recognize injuries
  • Use appropriate directional terminology (flexion, abduction, frontal plane, etc.)
  • Use appropriate injury related terminology (sprain, strain, contusion, etc.)
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of basic injuries
  • Demonstrate appropriate acute care techniques
  • Explain home treatment plans for various injuries
  • Demonstrate proper equipment fitting techniques
  • Thoroughly and accurately explains home treatment plans for acute injuries
  • Access and utilize electronic media with respect to injury diagnosis and care
  • Recognize and treat shock
  • Measure and interpret climactic data
  • Recognize and treat heat related illnesses
  • Explain the nutritional requirements for athletic performance
  • Explain appropriate fluid replacement guidelines
  • Explain nutritional risk factors for injury
  • Explain the nutritional guidelines for weight loss or gain

Students in level 3 should:

  • Perform a thorough injury history
  • Perform a thorough observation of an injury
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the components of a thorough injury evaluation including (range of motion, strength testing, proprioception, and special tests)
  • Perform a thorough and accurate evaluation of the lower extremity
  • Accurately document the results of an injury evaluation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various stresses on the body and their contribution to injury

Students in level 4 should:

  • Determine appropriate usage of special tests during evaluation
  • Work efficiently through an evaluation
  • Perform thorough and accurate evaluation of the upper body (head, spine, thorax & upper extremity
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the healing process
  • Choose an appropriate modality based upon evaluation findings, tissue healing and goals
  • Apply modalities correctly
  • Choose evidence based techniques and modalities
  • Recognize contraindications and precautions for modality use
  • Adjust modality treatment based upon results
  • List the components of a thorough pre-participation physical exam
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform standard wellness tests including those for: body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, strength, power, and muscular endurance.
  • Use appropriate biomechanical terminology.

Students in level 5 should:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the legal and financial implications of decisions
  • Use appropriate terminology related to medical insurance
  • Understand the architectural needs of an athletic training facility
  • Understand the requirements for a drug prevention and testing program
  • Identify and explain epidemiology data as it relates to injury risk
  • Recognize the legal role of an athletic trainer in preventing and treating injuries
  • Recognize the roles and responsibilities of various medical professionals
  • Provide appropriate emergency supplies for an athletic event
  • Identify and explain the requirement of a pre-participation physical exam
  • Understand the components and legal parameters of a medical record
  • Understand the requirements of personnel management (hiring, review, conflict resolution, etc)
  • Develop operational and capital budgets based on inventory
  • Develop a plan for promotion of the athletic training profession
  • Identify and explain the components of a comprehensive risk management plan
  • Develop and implement a lightning safety plan
  • Recognize the efficacy of injury surveillance reporting systems
  • Explain the functions of the systems of the body
  • Describe anatomical and physiological characteristics that change with growth and aging
  • Describe the anatomical and physical characteristics that differ between the genders and how they affect injury and illness
  • Describe the physiologic response of the body to aging

Students in level 6 should:

  • Accurately perform goniometry to measure range of motion
  • Accurately interpret objective findings (range of motion, strength, cardiorespiratory fitness, balance, etc.) to plan and implement a rehabilitation program
  • Instruct patient on appropriate and correct exercise techniques to increase strength
  • Instruct patient on appropriate and correct exercise techniques to increase range of motion
  • Instruct patient on appropriate and correct exercise techniques to increase proprioception and kinesthesia
  • Instruct patient on appropriate and correct exercise techniques for a functional return to activity
  • Adjust patients rehabilitation based upon progress/setbacks and goals
  • Recognize and provide appropriate treatment for various dermatological conditions
  • Recognize and provide appropriate treatment for various respiratory conditions
  • Recognize and provide appropriate treatment for various gastrointestinal conditions
  • Recognize and refer various medical conditions (viral, autoimmune, neurological, cardiac, pulmonary, etc)
  • Recognize OTC and prescription medication utilized for various conditions
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of medication side-effects
  • Demonstrate the ability to read and explain medication labels
  • Document prescription and OTC medications, dispensed by physician appropriately and accurately
  • Explain the stress-response model and the psychological and emotional responses to trauma and forced inactivity.
  • Demonstrate motivational and stress-coping techniques used in injury rehabilitation and reconditioning
  • Describe the basic principles of general personality traits, associated trait anxiety, locus of control, and patient and social environment interactions.
  • Identify the symptoms and clinical signs of common eating disorders and the psychological and sociocultural factors associated with these disorders.
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