Free Evidence-Based Practice Category CEUs

NEW!!   Guidelines for Best Practices in Concussion Management: The Development of Position and Consensus Statements (1.5 EBP CEUs - Free)

Course Instructors:
Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Although many athletic trainers use clinical practice guidelines, position statements, and consensus statements to identify best practices for the management of various illnesses and injuries, fewer understand the differences between these types of documents and the development process for these documents. This course aims to differentiate between clinical practice guidelines, position statements, and consensus statements and describe the process of how these documents are develop. Using the published documents regarding sport-related concussion, examples between the similarities and differences in recommendations made among these documents will be illustrated. Specifically, focus will be on similarities and differences in diagnosis, prevention, assessment, management, and the use of neurocognitive testing. A discussion of the historical changes in recommendations from Vienna and the 2004 NATA statement through the 2014 NATA statement and the recently released Berlin consensus statement will also be included.

The specific objectives for this course include the development of the participant’s ability to:

  1. Describe the development process for clinical practice guidelines.
  2. Differentiate between types of clinical practice guidelines.
  3. Discuss the process used to develop the Berlin concussion consensus statement.
  4. Identify best practices according to the Berlin concussion consensus statement.
  5. Compare recommendations from various statements and guidelines for use in clinical practice.

According to the education levels described by the PDC, this continuing education course is considered to be Advanced Level, and is appropriate for all athletic trainers.


NEW!!   Clinical Outcomes Assessment in Athletic Training: An Overview (1.75 EBP CEUs - Free)

Course Instructors:
Alison R. Valier, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Andrea D. Lopes Sauers, PhD

This course provides athletic trainers with a foundation for clinical outcomes assessment that highlights the benefits of their collection and strategies for successful implementation in clinical practice. The concepts and principles essential to the fundamental understanding of clinical outcomes assessment related to patient care (eg, disablement models, clinician-/patient-rated outcomes, generic/specific patient-rated outcomes) are included. Commonly used patient-rated outcomes instruments are presented. Additionally, strategies for implementation (eg, simple, complex, patient-centered) into routine clinical practice are introduced.

The specific objectives for this course include the development of the participant’s ability to:

  1. Appreciate the benefits of routine evaluation of patient-rated outcome measures as it pertains to patient-centered whole person healthcare, evidence-based practice, and driving treatment decisions.
  2. Define and describe fundamental concepts of clinical outcomes assessment including disablement models, clinician vs. patient-rated outcomes, generic vs. specific patient rated outcome measures, and single and multi-item patient-rated outcome measures.
  3. Identify commonly used patient-rated outcome measures for use in athletic populations.
  4. Implement strategies to evaluate patient outcomes in clinical practice.
  5. Discuss the value of using outcomes data collection for professional advancement.

According to the education levels described by the PDC, this continuing education course is considered to be Essential Level, and is appropriate for all athletic trainers.


Incorporating EBP into Athletic Training: Overview of Practice-Based Partnerships (.75 - EBP Category CEU - Free)

Course Instructor: Cailee E. Welch Bacon, PhD, ATC

This course discusses the role of athletic training within the current healthcare system and the important role of practice-based research to improve the effectiveness of healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. At the point-of-care, clinicians can utilize the patient-oriented assessment model to gather data to aid in clinical decision-making and for supporting comparative effectiveness of athletic training services.  Working collaboratively to engage in comparative effectiveness efforts can improve patient outcomes, and add to the body of evidence, specific to the athletic training profession.

The specific objectives for this course include the development of the participant's ability to:

  1. Describe the current healthcare climate in terms of costs and patient outcomes
  2. Discuss the translational research paradigm and challenges to improving patient care
  3. Discuss legislative action to improve the effectiveness of healthcare delivery
  4. Describe the important role of practice-based research to improve patient care
  5. Describe the practice-based research network model as a means for conducting point-of-care research to evaluate the end results of AT services
  6. Describe the role of the researcher in practice-based partnerships
  7. Highlight the requisite knowledge and skills for clinicians to engage in practice-based research

According to the education levels described by the PDC, this continuing education course is considered to be Essential Level, and is appropriate for all athletic trainers.


Health Information Technology in Athletic Training (1.25 EBP CEUs - Free)

Course Instructor: Kenneth C. Lam, ScD, ATC

While the role of HIT and healthcare informatics in assisting in fundamental tasks of evidence-based practice (e.g., searching the literature and managing knowledge) is well-recognized in athletic training, more advanced utilization of HIT and healthcare informatics is not as prominent.  Despite the importance of the HIT and healthcare informatics, athletic trainers may lack the appropriate knowledge and strategies to effectively implement the use of HIT and healthcare informatics during routine clinical practice.  Therefore, the purpose of this 2-hour module is to introduce the concepts associated with more advanced usage of HIT and healthcare informatics in athletic training clinical practice.

The specific objectives for this course include the development of the participant’s ability to:

  1. Discuss current healthcare information technologies (HIT) and healthcare informatics initiatives within the global healthcare system and the athletic training profession
  2. Describe common HIT that can be utilized to enhance patient care including the Internet, electronic health records, mobile devices, and social media platforms
  3. Describe the role of HIT and healthcare informatics in facilitating evidence-based, patient-centered care, and quality improvement
  4. Explain the data-to-wisdom continuum framework within the context of informatics and how the framework can be applied to patient care and quality improvement
  5. Discuss legal (eg, patient privacy) and professional (eg, maintaining professionalism in an online environment) considerations related to the use of HIT and healthcare informatics for patient care

According to the education levels described by the PDC, this continuing education course is considered to be Essential Level, and is appropriate for all athletic trainers.


Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training (3 EBP CEUs - Free)

Course Instructors:
Cailee E. Welch Bacon, PhD, ATC
Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA

This course provides an overview of evidence-based practice and is designed to enable the athletic trainer’s clinical decision-making process in a manner that integrates clinical experience, patient values, and the best available evidence. This course will assist in providing the athletic trainer with strategies to enable them to search and appraise the evidence in a more succinct and timely manner, that will promote better patient care.

The specific objectives for this course include the development of the participant’s ability to:

  1. Describe the role of EBP in healthcare.
  2. Identify strategies to efficiently search the literature.
  3. Describe common concepts that are assessed during critical appraisal of published research studies.
  4. Evaluate the levels of evidence or strength of recommendations of research articles.
  5. Discuss the integration of the best available evidence into clinical practice.
  6. Appreciate patient values with respect to clinical decision-making.

According to the education levels described by the PDC, this continuing education course is considered to be Essential Level, and is appropriate for all athletic trainers.



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Online Degree and Certificate Programs

Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT)

Among the first programs of its kind, A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) degree develops clinical and academic leaders who advance the athletic training profession. Doctors of Athletic Training serve as expert clinicians, educators, and administrators with advanced knowledge and skills for analyzing, developing, and implementing practical solutions to improve the delivery of athletic healthcare and the health outcomes of physically active individuals and their communities.

ATSU’s online athletic training degree is designed for those who seek a doctorate in athletic training and desire a terminal degree in athletic training, not a terminal academic degree (i.e. PhD) in another area with a concentration in athletic training.

Most athletic trainers who are best fit for this advanced online athletic training degree are elite clinical, educational and industry professionals who gain a powerful educational benefit as students embedded in a work setting while progressing through the curriculum. Educators are prepared with the advanced graduate training needed to effectively teach their own students to succeed as athletic trainers.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Decision-Making in Athletic Training

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Decision-Making in Athletic Training is an online program providing advanced instruction in evidence-based practice, clinical outcomes assessments, clinical informatics and technology, and epidemiology. The purpose of the program is to prepare practicing athletic trainers and athletic training educators with the clinical practice and educational competencies in clinical decision-making skills that will enhance the quality and effectiveness of patient care.

Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

The Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Rehabilitation is an online Athletic Training program designed to provide advanced instruction in orthopedic basic science, surgical considerations for orthopedic rehabilitation, assessment of movement dysfunction, and corrective techniques for movement dysfunction. The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Rehabilitation is to provide advanced knowledge and skills in the field of orthopedic rehabilitation.