ERIC Number: ED221482
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Managing Your Medical Resources: An Opportunity for the National Athletic Trainers Association.
Hite, Roger W.
Athletic trainers, whether or not they are university-based, should link themselves and their programs to the traditional medical community. A harmful communication gap now exists between athletic trainers and other medical professionals as a result of differences in value systems, clientele, and professional image. Trainers should market themselves as providers of medical services and should work with physicians and local hospital resources to their mutual advantage. Among the positive actions that can be taken are: (1) establishing an advisory group to integrate comprehensive medical care; (2) exchanging resources and information with hospital staff; and (3) using and joining local health education programs. The recent upsurge in interest in the Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) deserves the attention of trainers as a new medium for practice. The business of helping people maintain high levels of health should be a team effort, integrating the concerns and services of health care professionals regardless of specialty. (FG)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Athletes, Futures (of Society), Health Needs, Health Services, Interprofessional Relationship, Physical Fitness, Professional Development, Professional Recognition, Teamwork, Trainers
Not available separately; see SP 020 500.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Athletic Trainers
Note: In: Professional Preparation in Athletic Training. Proceedings of the Professional Preparation Conferences: National Athletic Trainers Association.