Certified Athletic Trainers as Certified Teachers: A Model for Making It Happen

Authors: Unruh, Nita; Unruh, Scott; Scantling, Ed

Source: Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 1 October 2008, vol. 79, no. 8, pp. 1-57(57)


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School administrators don't usually consider hiring a certified athletic trainer for managing the medical issues that arise from students' participation in athletics, perhaps because they believe it would be too expensive to hire someone solely to manage injury and illness for just a portion of the students. Since it is important to provide athletes with the best care possible, it may be worth considering the option of hiring a teacher who is also certified as an athletic trainer. This article discusses a number of advantages a school system might reap by hiring a certified athletic trainer who is also certified to teach. The article also describes a model that colleges and universities who host athletic-training education programs can use to provide an avenue for those students who wish to gain teacher certifications after becoming professionally prepared as an athletic trainer.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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