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Kin 189 Characteristics Of A Profession, Contemporary Issues

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    Kin 189 Characteristics Of A Profession, Contemporary Issues Kin 189 Characteristics Of A Profession, Contemporary Issues Presentation Transcript

    • KIN 189 – Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries Characteristics of a Profession Athletic Training: Education/Certification/Licensure Contemporary Issues
    • Characteristics of a Profession
      • Six generally accepted characteristics
        • Involves a skill based on theoretical knowledge
        • Involves a skill that requires training and education
        • Must demonstrate competence by passing a test
        • Integrity is maintained by adherence to a code of conduct
        • Service is provided for the public good
        • Is organized
    • Theoretical Knowledge
      • Idea of a profession not limited by thought that all required information and knowledge is available at once
      • Knowledge is “theoretical” in that it’s based on sound reasoning and thinking drawn from scientific knowledge and fact
      • Most professionals are able to extrapolate information related to theory-based knowledge from other sources and apply that information to the task at hand
    • Training and Education
      • Allows for the transmission of specialized skills and knowledge that the professional must have
      • “Skills” defined differently by different professions, but the training and education of a profession should be evident in the areas of skills and knowledge
    • Certification and Examination
      • A professional must demonstrate competence by passing a test/exam
      • Many professions require tests for licensing or certification (teachers, nursing, plumbers)
      • Not all occupations that require a license or certification meet all other criteria for being considered a profession
    • Integrity and a Code of Ethics
      • Integrity of a profession is maintained by adherence to a code of conduct
      • Ethics of a profession outline the way in which individuals should conduct themselves
      • Typically have a committee/process for review breach of conduct reports and discipline offenders
      • Integrity of a professional is measured by the ability of the ethics committee to review and act on an individual’s unethical behavior
    • Public Good
      • Professional service is available, not just to certain individuals, but to everyone
      • If a professions service is available and accessible to the public, it’s considered to be “for the public good”
    • Organization and Associations
      • Organization of a profession indicates that there are committees, task forces and other special groups of members that function within the larger structure, all working toward a common goal or mission
      • Group must show a purpose beyond that of a collection of people with a job in common
    • Why is Athletic Training a Profession?
      • Skill-based theoretical knowledge
        • Evaluation/rehabilitation/etc. based upon theoretical knowledge but situations often call for application of deductive reasoning to solve a problem
      • Training and education
        • Accredited education program, required clinical experiences, four-year college degree
      • Certification
        • BOC certification exam (written, written simulation, oral practical components)
        • Certification maintained via continuing education requirements every three years
        • Individual state requirements (currently 43/50) of certification, licensure, registration and/or exemption
    • Why is Athletic Training a Profession?
      • Code of ethics
        • Code and system of evaluating infractions is well established and ready for immediate action
      • Public good
        • Service to “traditional” settings and expansion into ancillary settings to address needs/wants of public
      • Organization
        • National and multiple district and state level organizations, committees and subcommittees
    • Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training
      • Governmental affairs
        • Regulation of profession
          • Change of BOC exam administration (2/06)
          • Likely change in CEU requirements/reporting
          • State licensure/certification/registration efforts (43/50)
        • Reimbursement
          • Coalition to Preserve Patient Access to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
          • CMS lawsuit regarding “Therapy Incident to…” (PT/OT/speech and language therapists)
    • Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training
      • Education reform
        • Change of accreditation agency forthcoming
        • New Role Delineation Study and changes in entry-level skill/knowledge requirements
        • Educational multimedia expansion
      • Public relations
        • Informing and educating others about athletic training profession and benefits of services
        • NATA month every March
    • Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training
      • Employment settings/opportunities
        • Explosion of ancillary settings with “physically active” population
        • More to come – limited by creativity
      • Opportunities for women, minorities in athletic training
        • Continued emphasis on expanding diversity of opportunities in education, employment, etc.
    • Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training
      • Position Statements – many are interassociation task force efforts
        • Emergency Planning in Athletics
        • Exertional Heat Illness
        • Fluid Replacement for Athletes
        • Head-down contact and Spearing in Football
        • Lightning Safety for Athletics and Recreation
        • Management of the Spine Injured Athlete
    • Contemporary Issues in Athletic Training
      • Official Association Statements
        • Community Acquired MRSA Infections
        • Use of full-time, on-site ATC for coverage of secondary school programs
        • Steroids and performance-enhancing substances
        • Commotio cordis
        • AED
        • Appropriate medical coverage for secondary schools and intercollegiate athletics