Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians and other health professionals to optimize patient care, client activity and participation in athletics, work and life. The practice includes the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of chronic and acute medical conditions.
The Athletic Training program held the first-ever Doctoral Education in Athletic Training Summit on the Moscow campus. The purpose of the Doctoral Summit was to engage in scholarly conversations and obtain a better understanding as to where the doctorate degree fits in within the profession. While the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) and doctor of education programs in athletic training already exist, the DAT representatives from AT Still University, Rocky Mountain University and Indiana State University presented their own philosophies on doctoral education, which included improving athletic training clinical practice, clinical research, education and leadership. In addition, various leaders from the National Athletic Training Association were in attendance to present committee updates and future directions for the profession. At the conclusion of the summit, attendees came to a better understanding of the DAT and the philosophies surrounding each doctoral program, creating an inter-university understanding. A continued communication between doctoral education programs and governing bodies is essential to the progress of the profession. Each doctoral program’s goal is different, but a common consensus arose stating the desire to progress athletic training as a profession by creating great educators, leaders and clinicians.