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J Athl Train. 2002 Oct-Dec; 37(4 suppl): S-133.
PMCID: PMC164412

Editorial: The Changing Face of Athletic Training Education

It has been a pleasure for us to serve as Guest Editors for this supplement pertaining to athletic training education. The changes that have occurred and are occurring in our athletic training education programs affect each member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), whether your role is to deliver health care for athletes or to educate athletic training students or a combination of the two. These changes can be exciting, frightening, and frustrating as we struggle with what the future of athletic training education will bring to our students and to the profession. The purpose of this supplement is to provide a resource for those involved in educating athletic training students as they navigate through this murky new era and implement the revised educational standards.

The supplement is divided into 4 sections: learning theory, educational research, curriculum development, and clinical education. Additionally, each of the sections is preceded by a commentary that is intended to help frame the articles contained within that section and to provoke questions and discussion. Our goal was to include articles offering new ideas and research-based evidence for athletic training education techniques that can be incorporated into athletic training curricula.

A supplement such as this does not occur through happenstance but rather through the commitment of many individuals who are willing to put forth a great deal of time and effort to see it to its completion. We thank Dave Perrin and the rest of the Journal of Athletic Training Associate Editors for their input in formulating the table of contents and for their support during this project. Additionally, this supplement would never have come to fruition if not for the authors who committed themselves to writing and revising manuscripts (sometimes several times) and the reviewers who committed themselves to reviewing those manuscripts (also several times), and moreover, to do all of this on a very tight schedule in order to meet the publication time frame. We are equally grateful to the Journal of Athletic Training editorial staff for coordinating and facilitating the many aspects of this project. Finally, we thank the NATA, the NATA Research and Education Foundation, and the NATA College/University Athletic Trainers' Committee, for without their support, this supplement would not have been possible.

We hope this supplement will be valuable in promoting understanding and insight among the membership and in creating dialogue on some of the challenges faced by new and established athletic training education programs. We join with the NATA College/University Athletic Trainers' Committee in recommending that all athletic trainers share this information with their administrators and athletic directors.


Editor's Note: Gary L. Harrelson, EdD, ATC, and Denise L. Wiksten, PhD, ATC, are Journal of Athletic Training Associate Editors. Dr Harrelson is Manager, Educational Services & Technology for the DCH Health System, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. Dr Wiksten is Athletic Training Program Director at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.

Articles from Journal of Athletic Training are provided here courtesy of National Athletic Trainers Association