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INTEGRATING & IMPROVING Athletic Training Relationships & Communication Scott R. Dietrich, EdD, ATC, CSCS East Stroudsburg University East Stroudsburg,

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1 INTEGRATING & IMPROVING Athletic Training Relationships & Communication Scott R. Dietrich, EdD, ATC, CSCS East Stroudsburg University East Stroudsburg, PA 2006 PATS Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium June 9 - 11, 2006; Lancaster Host Resort Lancaster, PA

2 Who am I? Decided Early in HS Athletic Training was for me! (Sophomore year in HS) Internship Route (Sports) Earned a Masters Degree Earned a Doctorate in Education –Surround myself with great AT people –Soak up as much as I could what & how they worked

3 Who is this for? Any one involved in: –AT Education (College Faculty, Students, ACIs) –AT Recruitment (especially in the HS) I dont try to teach golf to children. What they need is someone who will Guide their learning (p.92).

4 What was my study about?my study Starkey, 2002 : The most prominent need of Athletic Training education programs is communication between faculty & clinical staff… All other aspects of the curriculum can be impeccable, but the quality of the program is critically diminished If clinical educators are not an integral part of the planning development and implementation of the process. Coherence : Coherence denotes connectedness which, in turn, suggests consistency and accord among elements (Buchman & Folden, 1991). Howey & Zimpher, 1989 : –Conducted in-depth, Qual, 6 different but distinctive Tx. Ed –Identify common characteristics of programs that consistently produced competent novice educators. –Established 14 Indicators for Program Coherence –Later (Mitchell, Hampton) adapted into a Coherence Assessment Protocol (CAP) for physical education which included the cooperating teachers.

5 What did I do? Found an Exemplar ATE Program 23 In-depth Interviews (AT-CAP) Sts (10), Fac (2), ACI (7), & Alumni (4) Observations & Document Analysis All Information was: - Member Checked & Triangulated - Coded & Entered into MaxQDA2 - Evidence of coherence was ranked for 14 Strong ( >18), Moderate ( >11), Low ( >5), No (1-4) or Insufficient (<11 total responses)

6 What did I find out? Coherence: –Can actually be assessed in AT! –Difficult but important for high quality ATP. –Addresses delivery issues that accreditation reviews do not. About the Program: - Moderate level of coherence -Program goals were clearly identified! -Structure, sequence, and conduct of curricula, -St outcomes reflect goals & CAAHEP Standards Unsolicited Themes that Emerged -Coherence, Competition & Affiliation are critical -Role of Faculty and Clinical Instructors were ambiguous -Appropriate Supervision vs. Student Autonomy -Time commitment and certain placements may negatively socialized female athletic training students -Practical applications of AT research were rare

7 Where do we go from here? Power –To act and make decisions about the work and all of its aspects. Information –About strategy, quality, feedback, events, and results must be available to all. Knowledge –Of the work, roles and expectations must be clearly understood. Rewards – Should be tied to results, individual growth, capability & contributions

8 Where do we go from here? Six Principles of a New-Logic Major 1.A well organized curriculum is the ultimate competitive advantage 2.The most effective source of control is involvement 3.Each member must add significant value 4.Lateral decision-making is key for effectiveness 5.Courses should be designed around students and expected outcomes 6.Leadership is a vital aspect for effectiveness * Adapted from From the ground up by Lawler (1996)

9 Why is this important? Your Actions Athletic Training Quality Programs Competent Professionals Quality Students

10 Communication Exercise! Break up into groups of like face cards! Ace Student Perspective King Faculty Perspective Queen Clinical Instructor Perspective

11 Scenario A Junior ATS is on his way into the local HS for work at his 3 rd clinical placement As he passes the cafeteria 2 male (Hs) students begin brawling, throwing punches & each other around the rm There are no teachers or administrators in this corridor leading to the café If you are a student list what youd do If you are an ACI or Faculty member what would you expect them to do? * Concerned with Child Abuse clearance, this student did nothing

12 Scenario B A Senior AT student enters the ladies room at her clinical placement in a near by local high school about forty minutes before a meet. She sees a group of girls track athletes using ripped fuel a performance enhancing drug containing Ephedra which is banned by the FDA. If you are a student list what youd do. If you are an ACI or Faculty member what would you expect them to do? * This student told her ACI after she saw how they disposed of the bottle.

13 Scenario C A Junior AT student consistently reports late to his clinical assignment citing car trouble. After skipping the placement 5 times without letting telling the ACI (school policy is 3 misses) The ACI recommends he be dropped from the assignment or reassigned. If youre Faculty/ACI list what youd do. If you are their student partner what would you expect them to do? This student was not reassigned, incurred a penalty for lack of hours and passed with a C, the ACI gave the student a failing grade.

14 Develop A Scenario Come up with a scenario that you feel might be particularly challenging for your particular role. Include what you suspect the outcome would be.

15 Exercise in Communication! Break up into groups of like Suit! Hearts = Harrisburg University Clubs = Carlisle University Spades = Lancaster University Diamonds =Lebanon University

16 Scenario D While taping an ankle just before a basketball game, a female AT student gets pants-ed in front of five or six players from both teams. Embarrassed, she screams and runs into a nearby womens locker room, others laugh. List what youd do if you were this student or another student in the room. If you are an ACI list what youd do? If you are an Faculty member would you reassign this student to another placement? * This student left school for the semester and filed a lawsuit against the player.

17 Scenario E A senior AT student witnesses a head to head collision during a wrestle-off competition, both wrestlers are intensely focused on earning the varsity spot. One of the two knows he has a history of concussions/PCS and becomes violent during the basic evaluation. The wrestler picks up the student and slams him to the floor, kicks him in the stomach and leaves the room. Athlete later returned and finished the match with the consent of his coach. * Faculty removed all students assigned to WR for the rest of the season.

18 Scenario X,Y,Z Would anyone like to share a scenario that you came up with?

19 Conclusions Six steps for Improving Communication & Relationships: 2. Work Hard to Communicate Better 3. Develop More Authentic Evaluations 4. Build a Good Reputation & Strong Affiliation 5. Promote Healthy Competition 1. Clarify Expectations for Each Participant 6. Functional System of Rewards

20 Conclusions All athletic trainers regardless of position need to find ways to keep students motivated, curious, confident and eager to learn. Harveys 18 Principles of Teaching: 1.Be anxious to praise and slow to criticize. (Why?) 2.Criticize yourself before criticizing others. 3.All people like to be important. 4.The best way to get pupils to do a task is to get them to WANT to do it. 5.Dont Argue, even if you win its still a loss.

21 Conclusions Harveys 18 Principles of Teaching Contd: 6. Never pretend to know so much that you cant learn more. 7. Remember names & use them often. 8. Talk Plain 9. Everyone is either going Fwd or Bwd… 10. Life consists of a lot of minor annoyances mixed with a few matters of real consequence. 11. We are frequently misjudged by our superiors, but never by our subordinates 12. A stout heart usually accompanies a soft voice.

22 Conclusions Harveys 18 Principles of Teaching Contd: 13. Finish ONE job well, before starting another. 14. Be an influence and an example to other colleagues and students. (actions speak louder than words) 15. Be brave if you lose and meek if you win. 16. Always smile while providing good service. 17. Teaching is a teachers best advertisement 18. Try to understand whats going on in the students mind and then simplify!

23 Conclusions What is the difference between Faith and Confidence? – Faith lies within the Heart & – Confidence is in the Mind!

24 Thanks so much! Keep the Faith, Baby! – George Speed Ebersole Feedback


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