The athletic trainer skill set – Continuing Education

10 Feb

The typical athletic trainer has a diverse skill set that they constantly develop.  This series of blog entries will seek to focus on the skill set that most athletic trainers possess in order to effectively do their job in the traditional setting.  Collectively, this skill set makes the AT a very valuable and unique resource to the athletes, coaches and administration that they serve.

Continuing Education

In order to maintain the ATC Credential from the NATABOC, the AT has to get continuing education hours every 3 years.  Currently, 75 hours must be obtained in the 3 year cycle.  Most of those hours must be from approved course providers. 

Why am I listing continuing education as a skill set?  Because this aspect of an AT’s professional development is open ended.  This means the AT can take a course in all kinds of sports medicine disciplines.  Continuing education also keeps ATs up on the current trends.  The AT will only get out of it what they put into it and many times ATs get CEUs just to get them over with, which is sad in my opinion.  But most ATs have a genuine desire to stay current and when new techniques and research comes out they want to stay on top of them.

Since an ATC is a “jack of all trades” professional, the bachelor degree reflects this.  There is so much to cover that a four year program is beginning to be barely adequate.  70% of ATs now have a masters degree or higher mostly to get the knowledge base that they want to start out in the field.  But advance degrees will only cover so much, when a continuing education course can really become specific.

Need more training in taping techniques?  The AT can take a weekend course in the latest trends in Kinesio-Tape or McConnell Techniques and really be able to treat many more conditions more effectively.

Treating a lot of back injuries? There are all kinds of techniques and strategies offered in 2 and 3 day courses.  Manual therapies, Strain-Counter strain techniques, Mulligan’s NAGS and SNAGS course,  McKenzie techniques, Positional Release Therapies, etc. are all great courses to add to the ATs knowledge base.

Want to learn more manual therapy techniques to help treat muscle and fascial lesions?  Graston, Gua Sha, myofascial release, active release, muscle energy and many other emerging techniques are all short courses that the AT can take for CEUs. 

With the newer  technology platforms, many of these courses can be taken through websites, webinars, downloads, etc. 

So, the continuing education of the AT is a very desirable skill because it allows the AT and their leadership to guide their knowledge base and enhance the care they give to the athlete.

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