Clinical experiences provide the athletic training student (ATS) an opportunity to practice and integrate their clinical skills within the context of direct patient care while under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor.
The ATS will receive approximately 1,000 hours of supervised clinical experience by the time he/she completes the athletic training education program. Typically, the ATS completes 10-20 hrs/wk of supervised clinical experience with a large majority of these hours occurring during the afternoons, early evenings and weekends.
The primary settings for clinical experiences include: athletic training rooms, collegiate & high school athletics, USHL ice hockey, surgical observations and hospital emergency department. Within these primary settings each ATS must complete at least one clinical experience assignment with each of the four required exposures:
- UPPER EXTREMITY: High-risk sport to the upper extremity based upon injury statistics. Traditionally this would include throwing sports, swimming, gymnastics, etc. that require extensive stresses of the upper extremity of both genders.
- LOWER EXTREMITY: High-risk sport to the lower extremity based upon injury statistics. Traditionally this would include soccer, cross-country running, track, basketball, etc. that require extensive stresses of the lower extremity of both genders.
- EQUIPMENT INTENSIVE: High-risk sports where all participants are required to wear protective equipment for the head and the shoulders. Traditionally this would include football, ice hockey, and men's lacrosse.
- GENERAL MEDICAL: General medical experiences of both genders are those associated with physicians, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners.