This product benefits professors, program preceptors, student athletic trainers, and Athletic Training Programs (ATPs). Professors can use this product as the required text for clinical practicum classes. The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Standards for clinical education notes that athletic training students must have a clinical portion within their program and must have instruction and formal assessment of clinical skills prior to performing those skills on a patient. The workbook entries by the students can serve as another form of instruction and then can be reviewed by the professor, which will allow the professor to see the thought process of his or her students. This will then help the professor guide the students who may be struggling with their critical thinking processes.
A program preceptor can assess the Clinical Integration Proficiency (CIP) of athletic training students. The new CIPs are skills that students must demonstrate in the context of real patient care. The questions and tearout flashcards found in this workbook will give the preceptors new ideas to spark conversations about clinical scenarios when actual scenarios may be few and far between in the clinical setting.
Students will be able to use this product for some of the same reasons as the preceptors. Frequently, in athletic training, students won't have the opportunity to observe injuries every day. Therefore, they can work through this workbook and flashcards to supplement a slow day in the field. Additionally, this product helps to develop their critical thinking skills to be a better athletic trainer and increases their confidence in decision-making involved in regard to patient care. This workbook may also improve students' success rate on the BOC exam because it covers scenarios from each educational domain that may possibly be covered in the scenario questions on the BOC exam.
This workbook is beneficial to the athletic training program as a whole by evaluating student learning and decision-making abilities. Initially, formal instruction and evaluation of knowledge and skill occurs in the core academic classes in the curriculum. However, this workbook serves as an opportunity to measure a student's ability to use classroom knowledge when considering a holistic patient treatment plan. The perforated pages in the workbook also allow the student to submit completed scenarios that may be logged as completion of a particular skill for program assessment and tracking purposes.
Beyond the audience of athletic training, this workbook may be used by medical school students, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), physical therapy students, and the members of any other health profession that manages injuries incurred from athletics or physically active people.
This workbook parallels the current athletic training curriculum and incorporates the fifth edition of the Athletic Training Education Competencies. This content can be accessed on NATA's website: http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/5th-Edition-Competencies-2011-PDFVersion.pdf. Students may use this tool to sharpen their evaluation skills and critical thinking skills to improve their performance in the field. Professors and preceptors may use this workbook to challenge their students' critical thinking skills and prompt them to think in "real world" terms.