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Athletic Training Education: Are We Adequately Preparing Our Students to Practice Athletic Training

Dr. J Brett Massie.

The purpose of this study was to determine (a) if students are being prepared by their educational programs for an entry level position in athletic training; (b) to examine which are areas of deficiency as compared to the five domains of athletic training; and (c) to determine what role the program type, Curriculum or Internship, has upon the professional preparedness of those students. Each individual who passed the National Athletic Trainers' Association certification examination (N=426) on February 1, 1998, was mailed a survey which included an attitude scale that ascertained the entry-level employed certified athletic trainers' perception of their educational preparation to practice athletic training. To determine if a difference exists between program type and educational preparation, an analysis of variance (ANOVA) was computed between the Curriculum athletic training educated group and the Internship athletic training educated group.
The results of the study indicated that the majority of entry-level employed certified athletic trainers have come from internship athletic training education programs, with most certified athletic trainers employed at the collegiate and high school levels. College graduates are being adequately prepared by their athletic training educational programs and clinical/field experiences for entry-level employment. However, entry-level employed certified athletic trainers from curriculum athletic training education programs were significantly different (P < .05), than the internship athletic training educated graduates in regard to perceived preparedness. The entry-level employed certified athletic trainer from the curriculum program felt better prepared by their educational program for employment. Preparation in the athletic training domains of prevention of athletic injuries, and recognition and evaluation of athletic injuries was perceived by entry-level employed certified athletic trainers as being adequate. Entry-level employed certified athletic trainers were significantly different (P < .05), as to perceived preparation in the athletic training domains of rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries, health care administration, and professional development and responsibility. Academic preparation in these athletic training domains was perceived as being inadequate by the internship athletic training program graduates.
Recommendations for further study were made based upon the finding of this investigation


Dr. J Brett Massie  (United States)
Assistant Professor/ Coordinator, Athletic Training
Department of Health, Physical Education and Sport Studies
Xavier University

Dr J Brett Massie is an assistant professor/coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program at Xavier University. Along with his teaching responsibilities within the Physical Education and Athletic Training programs, Dr Massie is also the Athletic Trainer for the Xavier University Women's Soccer team. Dr Massie is active at the national, district and local organizations within his profession. He is an advisory board member of the Christ Hospital Sports Medicine Institute of Cincinnati, Ohio, also serving as a speaker for the U.S. Soccer Federation Coaching School.

  • Role Delineation
  • Educational Competencies
  • Educational Outcomes
  • Certification Examination
  • Professional Preparation
  • Curriculum
  • Internship
  • Athletic Training Education

(Virtual Presentation, English)