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ERIC Number: EJ1095932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1947-380X
Professional Involvement: Requirements as Students and Trends after Certification
Lancaster, Jennifer N.; Myers, Bettye; Nichols, David L.; Webb, Kerry S.
Athletic Training Education Journal, v9 n1 p12-21 Jan-Mar 2014
Context: The field of athletic training needs young engaged professionals for continued progress in allied health care. Academic and clinical requirements during the entry-level education could potentially impact the decisions and directions these students choose to pursue as young professionals. Objective: To determine the difference in professional involvement of athletic trainers (ATs) based upon their participation in professional activities while completing their entry-level athletic training program (ATP). Design: Online surveys to determine ATP requirements of students and to determine the involvement of ATs in 5 professional activities after their certification by the Board of Certification. Perception questions were also included. Patients or Other Participants: Included 120 ATs from across the United States. All AT participants graduated within the 2004-2005 academic year and obtained certification in 2005. Data Collection and Analysis: Online surveys were administered through PsychData. The McNemar test was used to determine changes in participation levels of participants as students and as professionals. Frequency of yes/no responses was used to present perceptions, and participants' comments were included in the discussion section. Results: Student participation in community service, mentoring other students, and submitting presentation proposals did influence participation in these activities as a professional. However, professional involvement was not influenced by student membership in organizations, research, or mentoring by a health care professional. Conclusions: Participation in some professional activities as students should be encouraged or required in order to promote continued participation in these activities when the students become athletic training professionals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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