The Research and Education Foundation (REF) in collaboration with the National Athletic Trainers'
Association (NATA) have widely promoted the importance of evaluating the outcomes of athletic
training services and embracing EBP in athletic training. To support clinical outcomes research
in athletic training, the REF and NATA have recently partnered to allocate $1 million dollars in
reasearch funding. Further, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Pew health Professions Commission
have both strongly advocated to educate and train all healthcare practitioners, regardless of their
discipline, in the use of information technology, assessment of clinical outcomes, and EBP, in order
to meet the demands of the 21st century healthcare system (Sauers, NATA News 2005).
There are, however, very few athletic trainers who are educated and trained to conduct clinical outcomes research utilizing infomration technology to support EBP. Currently this lack of education and training serves as a major barrier to the achievement of the goals fo the REF and the NATA.
As a project grant, the CORE-AT Project provides direct support to the education and training elements of the Foundation's mission. Below are additional clinical outcomes training and education resources.