Research Initiatives

AATE Research Network

Our name has changed! The Athletic Training Clinical Education Network will now be identified as the AATE Research Network. Look for upcoming work group requests and recruitment for research projects from the AATE Research Network.

AATE Research Network – Clinical Immersion and Transition to Clinical Practice Research Group

We are currently seeking 2 to 3 AATE Institutional Members and Non-Members – researchers, educators, and clinicians with
variable levels of experience in research and interest in clinical immersion, clinical education, and transition to clinical practice. We encourage beginning and advancing scholars to apply.

History of the AATE Research Network

The Athletic Training Clinical Education Network (ATCEN) was formed following the 2016 Clinical Education in Athletic Training Summit (CEATS), held in Boston Massachusetts, July 17-18, 2016.  The purpose of the ATCEN is to serve as resource for best practices in clinical education for athletic training educators, preceptors and educational researchers.

In May of 2015, the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance announced that the professional degree for athletic training would be at the master’s level.  Current undergraduate athletic training programs will be required to transition to a master’s degree to remain open, and new master’s degree programs will likely be developed.  Recognizing these changes were on the horizon, athletic trainers at Boston University identified a unique opportunity for a critical examination of clinical education in athletic training and the potential for thoughtful consideration of how the collaboration of clinicians, educators, and researchers could best serve future athletic students, and their patients.

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CEATS sponsors invited leaders in athletic training practice, research, and education to attend a 2-day summit to discuss and set an agenda for the future of clinical education in athletic training.  The goal of the summit was to begin to answer the question, “How can we maximize the influence of clinical education in professional athletic training programs?”

Thirty-two individuals attended the summit, participating in large and small group discussions on three key areas of athletic training clinical education: preceptors, clinical experience environment and culture, and clinical education assessment.  Foundational statements for best practices and future research questions for each of these areas were
developed. Following the summit, a group of participants decided to continue to collaborate, and the ATCEN was formed.

As of December 2019, the ATCEN is now officially recognized as the AATE Research Network.

Original Participants

Bart Anderson
Jessica Barrett
Tony Breitbach
Sara Brown
Chad Clements
Randy Cohen
Jenna Doherty-Restrepo
Drew Duckett
Lindsey Eberman
Jamie Frye
Stacey Hardin
John Hauth
Jolene Henning
Mark Laursen
Kim Mace
Carl Mattacola

Stephanie Mazzerole
Erica McElroy
John Parsons
Jay Scifers
Becky Stigen
LesLee Taylor
Kim Terrell
Erica Thornton
Tim Uhl
Bonnie Van Lunen
Stacy Walker
Hollie Walusz
Kathryn Webster
David Wilkenfeld
Andy Winterstein

AATE Research Network

Lindsey Eberman | Indiana State University | Chair

Barton Anderson | A. T. Still University

Sara Brown | Boston University

Cailee Welch Bacon | A. T. Still University

Julie Cavallario | Old Dominion University

Chad Clements | Boston University

Jolene Henning | High Point University

Mark Laursen | Boston University

Stephanie Singe | University of Connecticut

John Parsons | Sports Science Institute

LesLee Taylor | University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC)

Bonnie Van Lunen | Old Dominion University

Stacy Walker | Ball State University

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Current Initiatives

Data Collection Closes on Study Examining the Characteristics of Patient Encounters

In 2017, Drs. Van Lunen (PI), Welch Bacon (Co-PI), Walker (Co-I), and Cavallario (Co-I) of the ATCEN were awarded a NATA Foundation General Grant to focus on the characteristics of patient encounters and the impact of clinical experiences for professional athletic training students. The purposes of this 2-year project are to examine characteristics of patient encounters which occur during professional athletic training students’ clinical experiences and to examine the impact of clinical experience attributes on professional athletic training students’ professional behaviors specific to the core competencies, identified by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) for athletic trainers. Thirteen CAATE-accredited professional athletic training programs participated in data collection, which closed in May 2019. Findings from this project will be disseminated in the near future!

Focus Groups – What’s Next?

In spring 2019, the ATCEN hosted various focus groups to gain an understanding of the most important issues athletic training educators are facing today as well as which questions they believe are necessary to answer. The emergent themes from the focus group sessions that will help to guide the upcoming initiatives include:

  • Student recruitment/enrollment strategies
  • Patient encounters
  • Clinical site development
  • Effective preceptor training
  • Clinical readiness
  • Incorporating simulation into education
  • Standardized tools to assess immersive experiences
  • Behavioral health
  • Pedagogy vs. andragogy
  • Post-professional education

Expect to see some upcoming strategic planning and work group requests in January and February of 2020 as we continue our progress.

Publications

Eberman LE, Walker SE, Cavallario JM, Welch Bacon CE. A Report from the Athletic Training Clinical Education Network: Scholarship Requirements in Professional Athletic Training Programs. Athl Train Ed J. (Accepted).

Mazerolle Singe S, Meyers S, Clements C, Eberman LE. Perceived Challenges of Clinical Immersion: A Report from the Athletic Training Clinical Education Network. Athl Train Ed J. (Accepted).

Welch Bacon CE, Cavallario JM, Walker SE, Van Lunen BL, Lindley TR, Eberman LE. Program directors’ perceived barriers and resources necessary to conduct student scholarship within a professional athletic training program: a report from the Athletic Training Clinical Education Network. J Athl Train. 2018;53(6):S179.

Cavallario JM, Welch Bacon CE, Walker SE, Van Lunen BL, Lindley TR, Eberman LE. Perceptions of scholarship requirements in professional athletic training programs: a report from the Athletic Training Clinical Education Network. J Athl Train. 2018;53(6):S178.

Henning JM, Brown S, Taylor L, Anderson BE, Walker SE, Eberman LE. Elevating undergraduate to graduate education through the substantive change process: A report from the Athletic Training Clinical Education Network. J Athl Train. 2018;53(6):S241.

Van Lunen BL, Cavallario JM, Walker SE, Bay RC, Welch Bacon CE. Athletic training student application of evidence-based practice during clinical education: a report from the Athletic Training Clinical Education Network. Athl Train Educ J. 2018;13(4):390.

Jones BC, Welch Bacon CE, Cavallario JM, Walker SE, Bay RC, Van Lunen BL. Athletic training student application of quality improvement during clinical education: a report from the Athletic Training Clinical Education Network. Athl Train Educ J. 2018;13(4):392-393.

Cavallario JM, Welch Bacon CE, Walker SE, Bay RC, Van Lunen BL. Athletic training student application of patient centered care during clinical education: A Report from the Athletic Training Clinical Education Network. Athl Train Educ J. 2018;13(4):392.

Walker SE, Cavallario JM, Welch Bacon CE, Bay RC, Van Lunen BL. Athletic training student application of interprofessional education during clinical education: a report from the athletic training clinical education network. Athl Train Educ J. 2018;13(4):391-392.

Welch Bacon CE, Walker SE, Cavallario JM, Bay RC, Van Lunen BL. Athletic training student application of health information technology during clinical education: a report from the Athletic Training Clinical Education Network. Athl Train Educ J. 2018;13(4):390-391.