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When you finish this chapter you should be able to

  • Establish a strategic plan for conducting an athletic training program in secondary-school, collegiate, professional, clinic, corporate, and industrial settings.

  • Plan a functional, well-designed athletic training clinic for a secondary-school, collegiate, or professional setting.

  • Discuss issues relative to operating an athletic training program in secondary-school, collegiate, professional settings, clinic, hospital, corporate, and industrial settings.

  • Identify policies and procedures that should be enforced in the athletic training clinic.

  • Explain the importance of the preparticipation physical examination.

  • Construct the necessary records that must be maintained by the athletic trainer.

  • Describe current systems for gathering injury surveillance data.


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Visit for further exercises to apply your knowledge:

  • Clinical application scenarios covering athletic training clinic design, risk management, policies, and procedures

  • Click-and-drag questions covering budgeting, athletic training clinic design, and preparticipation physical examination

  • Multiple-choice questions covering preparticipation physical examination, maintaining records, and developing a strategic plan for an athletic training clinic

  • Selection questions covering preparticipation physical examination and classification of sport


Operating an effective athletic health care program requires careful organization and administration regardless of whether the setting is a secondary school, college, university, or professional team or a clinical, hospital, or industrial facility. Besides being a clinical practitioner, the athletic trainer must be an administrator who performs both managerial and supervisory duties.12 This chapter looks at the administrative tasks required of the athletic trainer for successful operation of the program, including facility design, policies and procedures, budget considerations, personnel management, administration of physical examinations, record keeping, and injury data collection.


Developing a Strategic Plan

Perhaps the first step in establishing a health care program in athletic training is to determine why such a program is needed and what the goals of this program should be.19 The basic questions in the strategic planning process must be answered by clinic, hospital, or school administrators; medical directors; athletic directors; or school boards who, in most cases, will ultimately be responsible for funding and supporting the health care program in athletic training.21,44 The depth of the commitment from these decision makers toward providing quality health care will, to a large extent, determine the size of the staff, the size of the facility, and the scope of operation of the health care program. Clearly written Mission and Vision statements will help focus the direction of the program and should be an outcome of the strategic planning process.32


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