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Megan N. Sears, Dani M. Moffit and Rebecca M. Lopez

reflected by the ethnicity demographics within athletic training, which may challenge the quality of care that diverse patients are receiving. By having providers that do not share similar racial backgrounds, patients may feel less satisfied with the care provided, which ultimately affects patient

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Daniel P. Strukel

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome has only recently begun to receive attention in the field of athletic training. Previously, there was a preconceived notion that athletes were beyond contracting this disease. However, with the announcement of Earvin “Magic” Johnson's contraction of HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS, this concept has fallen by the wayside. Now, many clinicians recognize that the patients they treat may be carrying this virus and thus want to become more knowledgeable about the disease. This article addresses questions concerning transmission of AIDS, prevention of HIV transmission, and precautions that must be undertaken to protect both the athlete and the athletic trainer from this disease. Knowledge about this disease and use of appropriate precautions will substantially decrease the risk of HIV transmission in athletics.

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Hideyuki E Izumi and Masaaki Tsuruike

Key Points ▸ No studies have compared the practice patterns of athletic training and therapy (ATT) professionals internationally. ▸ Negligible differences in task practice frequency were found between the United States, Canada, and Ireland. ▸ The similarity in practice patterns supports the

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Garrison A. Chan and Dale R. Wagner

Key Points ▸ The National Athletic Trainers’ Association position statement recommends monitoring wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) for heat risk assessment. ▸ A total of 72% of National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Bowl Subdivision athletic training staffs monitor WBGT. ▸ Common

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Tywan G. Martin, Jessica Wallace, Young Ik Suh, Kysha Harriell and Justin Tatman

become a mainstream media topic, our pilot study was intended to provide introductory data on how SRC and CTE coverage might affect consumer behavior by analyzing athletic training students’ media consumption and evaluating whether perceptions of SRC and CTE coverage by the media differed by the amount

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Cynthia J. Wright, Nico G. Silva, Erik E. Swartz and Brent L. Arnold

acquisition of this skill in novices, especially to those involved in athletic training education. As part of professional education, athletic training students are required to demonstrate proficiency in “removing equipment and clothing in order to access the airway, evaluate and/or stabilize an athlete

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Megan D. Granquist, Diane L. Gill and Renee N. Appaneal

Context:

Rehabilitation adherence is accepted as a critical component for attaining optimal outcomes. Poor adherence is recognized as a problem in the athletic training setting. Measurement has been inconsistent, and no measure has been developed for athletic training settings.

Objective:

To identify indicators of sportinjury rehabilitation adherence relevant to athletic training and develop a Rehabilitation Adherence Measure for Athletic Training (RAdMAT) based on these indicators.

Design:

Mixed methods, 3 steps.

Setting:

College athletic training facility.

Participants:

Practicing certified athletic trainers (ATCs; n = 7) generated items, experts (n = 12) reviewed them, and practicing ATCs (n = 164) completed the RAdMAT for their most, average, and least adherent athlete.

Main Outcome Measure:

RAdMAT.

Results:

The RAdMAT is 16 items with 3 subscales. Subscales and total have good internal consistency and clearly discriminate among adherence levels.

Conclusions:

The RAdMAT is based on scholarly literature and clinical practice, making it particularly appropriate for use in athletic training clinical practice or for research purposes.

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Stephanie M. Mazerolle, Thomas G. Bowman and Jessica L. Barrett

The commissioners of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and the Board of Directors of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) have acted to move the professional degree in athletic training from a bachelor’s degree to a graduate degree. The decision was largely based upon growth of the profession and aligning with the face of healthcare education. Therefore, we wanted to understand the perceived benefits of the graduate model. Using a qualitative paradigm, we electronically interviewed 29 students and faculty members (13 athletic training faculty and program directors, 16 students) currently in Professional Masters Athletic Training Programs (PM ATP). These represented 13 of the 29 (45%) CAATE-accredited PM ATPs. Five themes emerged from the data: (1) engagement and time spent in clinical education allows students to prepare for their roles as athletic trainers, (2) faculty stress the importance of interprofessional education, (3) expecting prior foundational knowledge allows focused education training at the graduate level, (4) increased professional commitment to stay in athletic training rather than use the training/education as a stepping-stone to other career paths, and (5) higher student maturity facilitates deeper learning. Based on these results, the perceived benefits of the PM ATP model are multifactorial.

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Nancy D. Groh and Greggory M. Hundt

Key Points ▸ Self-efficacy is important in clinical skill performance and specific to tasks/procedures. ▸ Self-efficacy is improved through practice and repeated exposure. ▸ There is limited research in self-efficacy and athletic training. ▸ There is a need for a self-efficacy scale for assessment

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Jeffrey B. Driban and R. Mark Laursen

design and dissemination) 2. Encourage combined clinical and research roles 3. Create opportunities for clinicians and scientists to work in the same space What Can We Do in Athletic Training to Address the Gap? We can see the implications of this gap in athletic training where the gap exists between