Stephen F. Austin State University

Clinical

What are SFA Athletic Training Students Doing?

Clinical Component

Clinical courses begin the first semester of enrollment. Students are exposed to gender mixed sports, different levels of intensity (collision vs. non-collision), upper and lower-extremity dominant sports, general medical environment, and pre-season experience(s).

In order to progress in clinical courses, the student must receive an overall score of =80%, or "B," in athletic training specific courses (KIN 521, 522, 541, 542, 551:02, 551:02; 554, 534, 532/L, 531/L, 533/L, 570, 508, 536/L, 530, 574). Other courses that make up the course progression are not offered on a block plan. If a score of <80% is earned, the student may still progress with the cohort, but will be required to retake the course for a grade of at least an 80%, or "B" if the cumulative GPA drops below a 3.0.

The clinical education involves multiple experiences with various preceptors and sites aligned with didactic/laboratory courses throughout the athletic training curriculum. Students are not allowed unsupervised experiences. Students are never expected to fulfill the role as a "First Responder," nor as a Certified Athletic Trainer.

First academic year (2nd Summer session I, Fall I, Spring I)
Level I Student

Athletic Training Clinical courses: KIN 521, 522, 541

  1. KIN 521 will not have any assigned clinical experiences. This course is designed to become familiar with the SFA Athletic Training facility. It is also designed to introduce emergency response and basic athletic training skills that are aligned with the lecture course, KIN 512: Protective Methods (taping and wrapping).
  2. Observation hours per preceptor and clinical site will vary because of the variance with athletic team practices/games, but usually occur from 1-5:00pm M-F.
  3. Students will observe most athletic teams (FB, VB, SOC, MBB, WBB, TRK, BSB, SB) and work with each preceptor on-site at SFA.
  4. Students will observe the daily operations of a high school, orthopedic medical practice, emergency room / EMS, and strength and conditioning facility (on-campus).
  5. Students will complete a general medical experience at SFASU's Student Health Services.
  6. Students must successfully complete all proficiencies assigned for the clinical courses.
  7. Students are on the understanding that psychomotor skills and/or proficiencies must be performed under the direct supervision of a preceptor until the final proficiency assessment has been successfully completed. It is also understood that real-time application and "teachable moments" can occur under the supervision of a preceptor.

Second Academic Year (2nd Summer session II, Fall II, Spring II)
Level II Student

Athletic Training Clinical courses: KIN 542, 551:01, 551:02

  1. Observation hours might be greater because of the student's responsibility to be present with the preceptor and athletic team/clinical sites' practices and games, in order to "follow" the selected clinical experience, but usually occur from 1-5:00pm M-F.
  2. Students have the ability to make their top three requests to be assigned to a preceptor and athletic team/clinical site for a full semester or full athletic season.
  3. The student requests will be reviewed by all faculty and staff associated with the SFA's clinical experiences and will be given consideration, but may not result in placement with the requested experiences.
  4. Students will complete two-seven week clinical experiences, also based on the request. In addition, they will complete clinical experiences with area medical professional facilities.
  5. Students who did not request volleyball, soccer, or football, are required to be present for football's summer camp, if not fulfilling a voluntary summer internship
  6. For those who sought out an independent internship, arrangements will be made prior to or following the completion of the summer internship.
  7. Students will be required to complete orthopedic surgical observations.
  8. Successfully complete all proficiencies assigned for the clinical courses.
  9. Students are on the understanding that psychomotor skills and/or proficiencies must be performed under the direct supervision and/or supervision of a preceptor until the final proficiency assessment has been successfully completed. It is also understood that real-time application and "teachable moments" can occur under the supervision of a preceptor.

Athletic Training Clinicals I - V fit into the didactic/clinical progression in that they are courses that allow the student to apply and synthesize cognitive and psychomotor skills taught in the didactic/laboratory settings. All clinical courses involve direct supervision and supervision with professionals possessing the appropriate licensure and/or certification.

Students are on the understanding that psychomotor skills and/or proficiencies must be performed under the direct supervision of a preceptor until the final proficiency assessment has been successfully completed. It is also understood that real-time application and "teachable moments" can occur under the supervision of a preceptor.

Courses offered are as follows:

Year 1, Summer I
KIN 510 Medical Terminology 1 hr.
KIN 512 Protective Methods in Athletic Training 3 hrs.
KIN 521 Athletic Training Clinical I 2 hrs.
Curriculum course content

PPE components; PPE screening; Administrative paperwork; Injury tracking software; Design and layout of the athletic training room; Policy and procedures of the athletic training room; Emergency care; Protective methods; OSHA regulations; Introduction to Infrared modalities; Environmental conditions; OTC Medications

Exposure

Random general medical

Year 1, Fall I
KIN 554 Introduction to Athletic Training 3 hrs.
KIN 550 Introduction to Research 3 hrs.
KIN 532 Evaluation Techniques of the Lower Extremity 3 hrs.
KIN 532 Evaluation Laboratory 1 hr.
KIN 522 Athletic Training Clinical II 2 hrs.

Curriculum course content

Environmental awareness; Management and regulation of OTC medications; Communication skills; Recognition and assessment of lower extremity injuries; SOAP writing; Facility design; Professional development; Recognition and management of injuries

Exposure

Upper and lower extremity injuries; Equipment intensive; General medical ; Emergency care; Strength and conditioning; High school; Orthopaedic clinic

Year 1, Spring I
KIN 570 General Medical Conditions 3 hrs.
KIN 531 Therapeutic Modalities 3 hrs.
KIN 531L Therapeutic Modalities Laboratory 1 hr.
KIN 533 Evaluation Techniques of the Upper Extremity 3 hrs.
KIN 533L Evaluation Laboratory 1 hr
KIN 541 Athletic Training Clinical III 2 hrs.

Curriculum course content

Recognition and assessment of upper extremity injuries; SOAP writing; Communication skills; Therapeutic modalities; General medical conditions; Pathology; Pharmacology; Tissue trauma and healing

Exposure

Upper and lower extremity injuries; Equipment intensive; General medical ; Emergency care; Strength and conditioning; High school; Orthopaedic clinic

Year 1, Summer II
KIN 508 Emergency Care 1 hr..
KIN 534 Management Strategies in Athletic Training 3 hrs.
KIN 542 Athletic Training Clinical IV 2 hrs.
Curriculum course content

Emergency care (CPR, AED, OSHA, BBP); General Medical Conditions; Biomechanics

Exposure

Equipment intensive; Upper and lower extremity injuries; General medical

Year 2, Fall II
KIN 560 Biomechanics 3 hrs.
KIN 574 Advanced Athletic Training 2 hrs.
KIN 536 Therapeutic Exercise 3 hrs.
KIN 536L Therapeutic Exercise Laboratory 1 hr..
KIN 551:01 Athletic Training Clinical V 3 hrs.

Curriculum course content

Therapeutic exercise; Research methodology and scholarship; Sports nutrition; Orthopaedic diagnostic testing; Psychosocial issues; Pharmokinetics

Exposure

All will have Rehabilitation; Orthopaedic surgical observations. Dependent on the student's selection for ACI/CI and clinical site. Possibilities are: High school; Equipment intensive; Upper extremity injuries; Lower extremity injuries

Year 2, Spring II
KIN 553 Physiology of Exercise 3 hrs.
KIN 585 Research Analysis 3 hrs.
KIN 530 Seminar in Athletic Training 2 hrs.
KIN 551:02 Athletic Training Clinical V 3 hrs.

Curriculum course content

Research methodology and scholarship; Preparation for BOC national examination; Professional development; Physiology of exercise.

Exposure

All will have Rehabilitation; Orthopaedic surgical observations. Dependent on the student's selection for preceptor and clinical site. Possibilities are: High school; Equipment intensive; Upper extremity injuries; Lower extremity injuries