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ERIC Number: EJ1102716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1947-380X
Self Reported Perceptions of Physical Demands on Athletic Training Students
Kawaguchi, Jeffrey K.; Babcock, Garth; Little, Andrew
Athletic Training Education Journal, v3 n2 p50-56 Apr-Jun 2008
Context: According to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Standards for the Accreditation of Entry-Level Athletic Training Education Programs, athletic training students (ATSs) must complete clinical experiences that provide opportunities to integrate cognitive function, psychomotor skills, and affective competence as a part of their coursework. These experiences expose students to the physical demands of the profession, and it is these activities that differentiate the demands of athletic training from other academic majors. Objectives: To assess the self-reported perceptions of ATSs regarding the physical demands of their chosen major and their participation in sport and non-sport leisure activities. Design: Descriptive research design. Setting: Nine undergraduate Athletic Training Education Programs within the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) District 10. Subjects: 112 undergraduate athletic training students enrolled in Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited programs during the 2005-2006 academic year. Main outcome measures: Respondents completed a modified form of the Baecke Questionnaire of Habitual Physical Activity which subjectively measured the student's reported 1) school related activity; 2) participation in sport activity and 3) participation in non-sport leisure activity. Results: The index for "school related activity" indicated that athletic training students perceived their chosen major as physically demanding. However, the indices for participation in sport and non-sport leisure activity were relatively low. Conclusions: In spite of the physical requirements of the athletic training curriculum, athletic training student's relatively low rate of participation in sport and non-sport leisure time activity may have future health implications.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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