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 partnered to allocate $1 million dollars in research funding. (Sauers, NATA News 2005)
In addition to changes in athletic training education, it is necessary that athletic training clinicians not affiliated with an education program be provided with continuing education opportunities that will help them adapt to current changes in patient care. In order to meet the demands of the 21st century healthcare system, it is vital that clinicians are appropriately trained in the use of information technology, assessment of clinical outcomes and evidence-based practice.(Sauers, NATA News 2005) Competency in these areas will enhance clinicians’ clinical decision making, which ultimately could lead to the enhancement of the athletic training services provided to our patients.
To align with the third primary initiative of the AT-PBRN, we offer clinician members with the Evidence-Based Practice Toolbox. The EBP Toolbox provides direct support to the education and training of athletic trainers, with an emphasis in EBP and clinical outcomes assessment. We encourage members to check the EBP Toolbox frequently, and to look for the AT-PBRN symbol, which identifies the education and training opportunities available to receive continuing education units.