Comparison of the Practice Patterns of Athletic Training and Therapy Professionals Across Three Countries

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Little information exists about the patterns of practice of athletic training and therapy (ATT) professionals in different countries. The purpose of this study is to examine similarities in the patterns of practice of ATT professionals in three Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) countries—the United States, Canada, and Ireland. We compared the practice frequency of 24 ATT tasks performed by ATT professionals in these countries. Only two tasks, involving emergency care and patient education, were carried out differently in the United States and Canada. Our results therefore suggest that patterns of practice are very similar among ATT professionals in these countries.

Hideyuki E Izumi is an associate professor with the Athletic Training Education Program, Faculty of Health Science, Tokyo Ariake University of Medical & Health Sciences, Tokyo, Japan. Masaaki Tsuruike is an associate professor and director of Graduate Athletic Training Education Program, Department of Kinesiology, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. Stephanie Mazerolle, PhD, ATC, University of Connecticut, is the report editor for this article.

Address author correspondence to Hideyuki E Izumi at h-izumi@tau.ac.jp.
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