The Athletic Training PBRN
The mission of the Athletic Training PBRN is to improve the quality of care and patient
outcomes in patients under the care of certified athletic trainers.
The PBRN is administered through A.T. Still University and consists of partnerships with Professional (a.k.a., entry-level)
and Post-Professional Athletic Training Education Programs as well as hospital groups and clinics, establishing a
geographically diverse group of clinical sites. Faculty from academic centers, hospitals or clinic groups serve as
regional coordinators for clusters of clinical practice sites.
Each cluster consists of an average of five clinical practice sites
where ATs are providing patient care services to athletes and active
The PBRN was developed to meet the AHRQ guidelines for the basic PBRN infrastructure elements. In April, 2010, we achieved
affiliate PBRN status from the AHRQ which is granted to practice based
research networks that meet specific criteria, but are made up of less
than 50% primary care physicians. The Athletic Training PBRN is one of only three affiliate PBRNs in the United States.
Currently, our PBRN consists of an initial group of secondary school ATs who have
been provided with the required technology infrastructure using funds from previous grants and are actively engaged in
data acquisition. The PBRN literature is unambiguous regarding the
benefits of partnering local academic centers with community-based clinicians. The athletic training
practice based research network will take advantage of local academic centers to develop a nationally representative and
geographically diverse group of clinical practice sites (CPS).
The PBRN Director, Dr. Kenny Lam oversees the PBRN personnel, infrastructure, and research scientists.
Included within the personnel, are several expert research scientists who are dedicated to the development, collection,
and analyses of specific research questions. The primary focus of the PBRN is the study of the athletic
training outcomes and epidemiology of sport-related injury. These investigations are under the scientific direction of Dr.
Alison Snyder, our resident expert in outcomes and epidemiology. Studies focusing on specific injuries or body areas are
led by the research scientist with expertise in that area. Concussion studies
are directed by Dr. Tamara Valovich McLeod,
while shoulder and overhead athlete studies are directed by Drs. Eric
Sauers and Kellie Bliven. Furthermore, we have research
scientists in our PBRN with expertise in the healthcare management
aspects of EMR utilization, practice characterization, and
economic analyses in Drs. Parsons and Bay. Collaborating scientists who
oversee clusters of clinical practice sites are eligible
to participate in research within the PBRN.
Athletic Training PBRN Organization Chart
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The PBRN is designed to grow over time by recruiting more academic clusters linked to multiple CPS.
The benefits of this PBRN model are numerous and include strengthened local academic and community
partnerships for engagement in clinically relevant research.