Archive for October, 2014

Two New BOC Board Members Named for Upcoming Term

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The BOC is pleased to announce two incoming members of the Board of Directors. Patrick J. Sexton, EdD, ATC, will serve as an Athletic Trainer Director, and Douglas B. Gregory, M.D., will serve as Physician Director. The two new board members will begin their terms January 1, 2016, and will begin attending meetings in February of next year.

Patrick J. Sexton, EdD, ATC

Patrick J. Sexton, EdD, ATC

Douglas B. Gregory, M.D.

Douglas B. Gregory, M.D.

Dr. Sexton served as Head Athletic Trainer on his arrival in 1993 and now currently serves as a Professor and Director of Athletic Training at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to this position, he worked as Head Athletic Trainer, curriculum director and instructor at University of Wisconsin La Crosse and as an Athletic Trainer at University of Wyoming, Laramie, and at Pima Community College, Tucson.

Dr. Sexton has been active with professional associations at the state, district and national levels. He has served on the Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training Education Programs (JRC-AT), as vice-chair on Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) committees, the NATA Professional Education Committee and others. As a volunteer for the BOC, he has served as an exam model and examiner.

“I have been so involved in the profession for two simple reasons,” Dr. Sexton said in his personal statement. “First because all of my mentors were very active in the profession so I learned the importance of being involved, and second because I believe that if you disagree with how something is being done or if you think there is a better way to do something, it is much better to put your efforts into working toward changing things than it is to sit back and just talk about how things should be.”

Dr. Gregory specializes in general pediatrics and primary care sports medicine at Lakeview Medical Center, in Suffolk, Virginia, where he serves as Medical Director for Quality. He has been the team physician for a local high school for 30 years. In 2010, he was awarded by the Academy of Pediatrics for his long-term dedication to the development of primary care sports medicine.

As an advocate and supporter of athletic training, Dr. Gregory has mentored numerous Athletic Trainers and has been actively involved with athletic training education and certification. He served as the American Academy of Pediatrics representative for JRC-AT and then CAATE. In addition, he has served on several NATA committees and task forces.

After learning of his appointment to the BOC Board of Directors, Dr. Gregory said he sees this role as a part of his long-term commitment to athletic training, which began in 1993.

“This position is a continuation of my involvement with athletic training education as a preceptor for young Athletic Trainers, site visitor for CAATE and a CAATE commissioner,” Dr. Gregory said.

The BOC looks forward to working with Dr. Sexton and Dr. Gregory. Both men will serve three-year terms, with the possibility of appointment for a second consecutive term.

Task Force and Panel Begin Work on Practice Analysis Study

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Members of the Practice Analysis Task Force and the Practice Analysis Panel

Members of the Practice Analysis Task Force and the Practice Analysis Panel met in Omaha in October to review the practice standards for BOC Certified ATs.

By Amanda Webster, ATC

For three days, a group consisting of six Practice Analysis Task Force members and 17 panelists met at the Board of Certification headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, with the objective of reviewing practice standards for Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs).

It was the intention of the BOC to form a group that would represent ATs in a variety of settings and geographical locations. Panelists and task force members were selected based on their experience, education and the region in which they practice. Members of the group would have the knowledge of experienced ATs as well as the fresh perspective of newly-minted ATs.  ATs in the high school, college, military, hospital, physician practice, therapy clinic and performing arts settings were represented.

Under the guidance of James Henderson, a psychometrician, the group debated previous existing domains, tasks, knowledge and skills.  A psychometrician (in case you have never heard the term) designs, administers and interprets quantitative tests.  Dr. Henderson served as a mediator for discussions, recorded agreed-upon statements and aided in defining terminology.  When all is said and done, he will use the information gathered to help develop the next step in the process of the practice analysis study.

The task proved tedious at times with respect to discussions about the growth of our profession and advancements in sports medicine.  The last practice analysis study was performed six years ago.  Major topics of discussion were traumatic brain injury management, Evidence Based Practice and patient population.  We were able to reach a consensus on domains, terms and definitions by respecting everyone’s background and maintaining a professional and team-oriented view.

As a panelist, my biggest takeaway from this meeting was the vast knowledge and skills a Certified Athletic Trainer is required to have.  When you put it on paper, the list seems endless! Working in the company of distinguished ATs was truly encouraging.  I have no doubt I will be applying to participate in future BOC events, and I encourage young professionals like myself to do the same.

Even if you were not a part of the meeting, you will have the opportunity to be involved in the next step of the practice analysis study.  The newly established domains and task statements will be validated by an online survey, which a stratified random sample of Certified ATs will be invited to participate in.  This will serve as the blueprint for the BOC exam as well as for continuing education program development.

NCAA Health and Safety Guidelines for Independent Medical Care

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

By Erin Chapman, MS, LAT, ATC

As an Athletic Trainer (AT) working in an athletic model, I was interested to the read the guidelines released by the Safety in College Football Summit.  However, are these guidelines reachable for an institution that is currently in an athletic model? How can these guidelines be incorporated into an athletic model? Will it result in a higher cost to the institution? Money and resources seem to be obstacles many institutions are facing with the current economic status.

In an athletic model the Athletic Director often supervises ATs.  Discussions regarding promotions, hiring and firing are often not made by those with a background in healthcare, but rather athletic administration.  Athletic Directors may have a better understanding of what an AT does on a daily basis compared to other administrators, but they often do not have the healthcare expertise to make decisions related to the effectiveness of healthcare professionals.  Many may feel that a conflict of interest between the safety of the student-athletes and winning can be blurred in this model.

The Princeton Model was established years ago by Princeton University.  I often go back to the article in the NATA News from March 2011 to see how this model would be appropriate and feasible for my setting.  I often ask why it took so long for the NCAA to establish these guidelines.

The Health and Safety Guidelines for Independent Medical Care are considered just that, guidelines, and many ATs might have an interest in learning how other institutions have implemented these guidelines in their clinical settings. Being at an institution that has a strong athletic history and a limited budget, the idea behind implementing these guidelines is not as easy as one might think.  While I have never had an issue with a coach trying to impose demands on a medical decision or established recommendations, creating a barrier between the medical staff and coaches would ultimately eliminate any risk of this occurring in the future.

Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals but are not always viewed as such when established within athletics; rather, they are seen as support staff.  Often they are at the mercy of a coach’s decision, which often disrupts scheduling and medical coverage. Placing ATs in a medical model would require coaches and medical staff to discuss scheduling and guidelines for changing practices and/or games so that adequate healthcare services would be provided.

While creating these guidelines will get sports medicine professionals talking and brainstorming, further research into implementing these guidelines is essential in producing positive outcomes in providing individual healthcare that separates sports medicine from athletic administration effectively as stated in the guidelines.

4 Steps to Getting the EBP Credits You Need

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

We’re already nearly halfway through the current reporting period. Are you on track to meet your continuing education (CE) requirements? More importantly, do you know how to meet your CE requirements?

The new Evidence Based Practice (EBP) category deserves a second look as you work through your CE plan. As you may know, the BOC added the EBP requirement just this year, so Athletic Trainers must now complete a certain of continuing education units (CEUs) in this new category. These requirements must be met and reported by December 31, 2015.

Fortunately, fulfilling your EBP continuing education requirement is just like completing any other CE program. Simply make sure that, out of your total CEUs due, you have completed the minimum amount required from the EBP category.

So … how many CEUs is that?

How Many EBP CEUs Do I Need to Do?

The number of EBP CEUs required depends on when you were certified. Let’s break it down:

  • If you were certified in 2013 or before, you must complete 50 total CEUs. Of those, at least 10 must be in EBP
  • If you were certified in 2014, you must complete 25 total CEUs. Of those, at least 5 must be in EBP

Great! Now let’s go find some EBP CEUs.

Where Do I Find EBP Programs?

On the BOC website!

The BOC has approved more than 210 CEUs in the EBP category. Approved CEUs include both live and home study courses, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to check this requirement off your to-do list.

Here is how to get the EBP CEUs you need:

  1. Use the BOC’s online program listing to browse current courses. (Hint: You can filter by several criteria by clicking the column headers)
  2. Click on the provider name for contact information for the program you want to take. Some course titles also contain links for additional information
  3. Begin with a Foundations of EBP program if you’re new to EBP principles
  4. Then, or if you are already familiar with EBP principles, move on to Clinical EBP programs in your areas of interest

That’s all there is to it! Just don’t forget to record your CE in BOC CentralTM by December 31, 2015.

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