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Athletic Training Education Program Philosophy and Purpose

Philosophy

The Philosophy of the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is: Athletic Training is a health profession dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life through the prevention, recognition, management and reconditioning of injuries to physically active persons. A guiding principle for athletic trainers is to use functional ability to effectively and efficiently facilitate return to full participation in physical activity.

At Clarke, a liberal arts education serves as an integral component of athletic training professional education. Indeed, the athletic training student develops an understanding and appreciation for the structural, functional, psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of humans. Individuals are recognized as unique composites of body, mind, and spirit and in response, athletic training interventions are based on their specific needs.

The faculty recognizes that the delivery of health care is undergoing significant change and that the future of health care and athletic training, specifically, is uncertain. Accordingly, the athletic training graduate must appreciate the diversity in roles and practice settings and understand that athletic training is not an aggregation of facts and techniques but an evolving field. The faculty believes that the best preparation for such changing roles is a commitment to life-long learning and critical thinking. Consequently, student reflection and critical thinking are fostered during all phases of the ATEP in order to develop the problem solving skills that are essential to competent practice.

Graduates have requisite skills to practice athletic training as generalists who can appropriately adapt to practice across all health care settings and patient conditions. It is essential that graduates are prepared to collaborate with other health professionals in the delivery of health care services. Athletic training graduates are expected to be culturally sensitive, professional, and service oriented practitioners who demonstrate safe and effective practice within an ethical framework. Clinical management, communication, and scholarship form the foundation for professional practice.

Purpose

The Clarke University ATEP's purpose is to develop students, who have a cognitive, skill, and affective base in the following areas: prevention of athletic injuries; recognition, evaluation, and immediate care of athletic injuries; rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries; health care administration; and professional development and responsibility. Additionally, the students will be encouraged to develop and master these skills and techniques within a liberal arts setting, in preparation for their careers as health care professionals/Certified Athletic Trainers.

The Clarke University ATEP's goal is to provide formal instruction in the necessary areas and opportunities, in clinical settings, for the Athletic Training Students to master cognitive, skill, and affective bases in the domains of Athletic Training. Students will show mastery of the necessary skills. By completing clinical rotations and coursework, the ATEP feels that the Athletic Training Student will be better prepared to become certified and an integral part of the Athletic Training profession.

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