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J Athl Train. 1992; 27(4): 311-312, 314, 316.
PMCID: PMC1317281

A National Survey of Athletic Trainer Roles and Responsibilities in the Allied Clinical Setting


Data collected from a survey instrument mailed to all 188 NATA-approved allied clinical setting directors were analyzed to assess the current levels of professional preparation as related to the NATA competencies, job roles, and responsibilities of certified athletic trainers in the allied clinical setting. The topics examined included specific roles and responsibilities of certified athletic trainers currently employed in an allied clinical setting. A response rate of 70.5% was obtained. Skills and services provided by the clinical ATC rated as very important were: evaluation, prevention, and rehabilitation/reconditioning of athletic injuries. Competency regarding recognition and evaluation received the highest relative importance score, which is consistent with the findings of the 1982 NATA Role Delineation Study and the 1991 NATA Validation Study. Educational preparation through NATA-approved curriculums had the highest importance in professional preparation for a career in athletic training. The data indicated that educational emphasis for athletic training students interested in employment in the nontraditional setting has diverged from the guidelines established in the 1982 Role Delineation Study. The results of this study suggest that students preparing for a career in a nontraditional (clinical) setting should focus on developing skills in athletic injury evaluation, rehabilitation and reconditioning, and prevention. While these results support findings of the 1982 Role Delineation Study, additional research is needed to address the levels of professional preparation as related to the NATA competencies, job roles, and responsibilities of the clinical athletic trainer.

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