ERIC Number: EJ1066025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Athletic Training Education: There's an App for That
Keeley, Kim; Potteiger, Kelly; Brown, Christopher D.
Athletic Training Education Journal, v10 n2 p190-199 Apr-Jun 2015
Context: Mobile applications (apps) are growing in popularity due to the increased use of smartphones. Many available apps are educational in nature and may provide both students and educators freedom for learning to occur outside of the typical classroom environment. Objective: To provide a description of relevant apps along with a brief synopsis of the suggested use by both athletic training educators and students. Additional information that may affect a user's app selection, such as cost, size of the download, and consumer ratings, if available, is also included. Background: Applications (apps) are computer programs written specifically for Internet connected mobile phones and tablets. These programs perform specific functions for the user, usually through a touchscreen interface. Synthesis: Connected devices are especially popular among the Millennial and Generation Z students now enrolled in various pre-professional healthcare programs. These students were raised with technology inundating their lives; therefore, they tend to desire the use of technology more frequently than older adults. Results: Many apps are available, however this article highlights selected apps in the categories of (1) injury evaluation and management, (2) anatomy, and (3) productivity. Recommendation(s): Educators should become knowledgeable in mobile app technology in order to meet the needs of the new generation of students. Conclusion(s): Incorporating apps into athletic training education can enhance the delivery and retention of student knowledge and provide unique educational opportunities.
Descriptors: Athletics, Allied Health Occupations Education, Computer Oriented Programs, Handheld Devices, Electronic Learning, Telecommunications, Computer Software
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