Integrating Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training Though Online Learning

Integrating Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training Though Online Learning

Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7489-7.ch025
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Evidence-based practice (EBP) involves a healthcare professional using his or her own knowledge, the current research published, and the needs of the patient to make the best clinical decision. This has been a hot topic in many different branches of healthcare and recently athletic trainers have begun to embrace its importance. In December of 2015, athletic trainers (ATs) will need to have completed 10 of their 50 continuing education units (CEUs) in EBP to maintain certification. While ATs recognize the significance of implementing EBP into clinical decision making, there are many barriers slowing the change. This chapter includes information about how EBP is currently being used by athletic training clinicians and educators, the barriers ATs perceive to using EBP, the importance of using EBP, and managing the transition needed to successfully adopt the use of EBP. Online learning will be reviewed as the primary method of diffusing EBP into the profession of athletic training.
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In order to change the perceptions of ATs to the public, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is introducing the use of evidence-based practice (EBP) in both the education of new ATs, and in the clinical setting with athletic trainers already working in the field (Hankemeier & Van Lunen, 2013; Hankemeier et al., 2013; McCarty Hankemeir, Walter, Newton, & Van Lunen, 2013; Welch, Van Lunen, & Hankemeier, 2014b). There are many benefits to increasing the use of evidence-based medicine (EBM). One reason that is frequently discussed is improving both the image and recognition of athletic trainers as health care professionals and not personal trainers, physical education teachers, or the people carrying water bottles on the sideline of games. Other benefits to using EBM include improving the care provided to the patients and justifying third party reimbursement (McCarty et al., 2013; Welch et al., 2014a).

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