Forrest Pecha was part of a research team that took data from one part time athletic trainer in a high school. They calculated the dollar value patients would have paid if the services provided were billed to an insurance company under the accountable care model.
Chris Shaddock has accomplished many thing to advance athletic training at his high school. He is a great resource for improving your position in Athletic Training
Dr. Josh Yellen helps us to think bigger about athletic training and to really question the status qua.
Clearly define your goal
Gather information to support your objective
Keep gathering info and speaking with different people
Learn what is important at each level of administration
Prepare to fail many times (sometimes for years)
Find ways to educate everyone about what you do (without complaining / whining)
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I want to convince my school board that intermediate / middle school athletes need full time athletic training services. Injury evaluation, rehab plans, concussion management, proper handling of physical forms, injury prevention through proper weight training. These are most of the points I have, but one of the topics that matters most to the district is cost and liability.
I have heard Dave Ramsey say that the person with the most knowledge and patience will usually win the negotiations. This is our source of knowledge, and we basically have until I retire so patience may not be a factor either.
Scott Galloway leads the DeSoto Sports Medicine team where they currently have 7 staff athletic trainers. You can read his bio and see all the things he has accomplished in Athletic Training, but basically he is a politician in Athletic Training form.
We are broadcasting live and interviewing the speakers of the Memorial Hermann's Sports Medicine Update. It is a great way to continue improving your athletic training practice. There are always new topics, new aspects of old topics and great re-freshers.
We plan to release the lecture and then the interview. Through the course of the summer the podcasts will be shorter, more frequent, and a lot more raw (less editing).
Assistant student athletic trainer Katie volunteers her ankles to new student trainers. During down times in the training room trainers hone their skills by practicing on each other. Photo by Justin Buchanan
Should students be allowed to tape? evaluate and ankle with the ATC standing over them? are we teaching them to act outside of what they are trained to do? Dr. Yellen is sometimes thought of as an “elitist” in Athletic Training because he says they should basically be first aid and water helpers. Josh Woodall is current president of SWATA and follows similar guidelines as a full time practicing secondary Athletic Trainer.
Biodex is a great tool to help solve the puzzle. for most Athletic Trainers in the Secondary Setting it s not an option to have one in school. However Kevin suggests speaking with the Doctor and Physical Therapist and see if they can not work out an à la carte script for using the equipment