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ERIC Number: EJ835428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 12
Is Knowledge of Change Theory a Critical Competency in the Training of Health Care Practitioners?
Anderson, Marcia K.; Bacon, Victoria L.
College Quarterly, v9 n4 Fall 2006
In 1975, the American College of Sports Medicine began recommending the integration of change theory in the delivery of health-related and rehabilitation-based programs in which exercise prescription was a major part. The Stages of Change Model has been well integrated into the core curricula in the United States for many health care practitioners. Yet, athletic trainers whose sole focus is to prevent, assess, manage and rehabilitate sport related injuries for the physically active have no exposure to change theory in their educational preparation. The intent of this study is to utilize focus groups of practicing physical therapists and athletic trainers to assess their knowledge of change theory, its application for working with clients, specifically the practitioner's ability to apply theory to practice. The outcome of the study will help to identify the various training needs of athletic trainers and potentially impact their academic and clinical preparation in Change Theory. (Contains 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Sports Medicine, Integrated Curriculum, Focus Groups, Minimum Competencies, Physical Therapy, Athletics, Trainers, Knowledge Level, Theory Practice Relationship, Change, Theories
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States