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Preparing Athletic Trainers to Provide Services for People with Disabilities

Melissa Alexander, Frederick Gardin


With more individuals with disabilities participating in interscholastic activities, it is important that athletic trainers (AT) understand how to best provide services for all athletes. Sixty-six program directors were surveyed using multiple-choice and open-ended questions to determine what course content related to people with disabilities is currently included in their AT preparation curriculum and what their opinions are related to including this content. Frequency counts and percentiles were calculated based on responses. Seventeen percent of the directors reported including a course on providing care for people with disabilities. Eighty-five programs included some content within a course, though only 55% of the programs cover more than three disabilities. Further findings and their implications are discussed. 

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Athletic training; people with disabilities; preparation

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