Archive | September, 2011

Clinical Application Serves the Elite Tactical Response Forces Minot

8 Sep

Outreach

The Doctor of Athletic Training Resident engages in outreach in a variety of ways, both internally within the University and externally within the profession.  Minot Air Force Base hosts a unique clinical research residency setting for one athletic trainer to specifically work with the protective service / military community by offering a “MSTC Clinic”. This clinic allows the soldier to take a leading, active role in the evaluation and treatment process.  In order to refine the role each active duty member can improve upon, the clinician & patient work together to create research centered care.  This teamed approach positively impacts elite tactical response force capability though Human Performance Optimization goals specific to nuclear life-cycle costs. Under direct supervision from the licensed Athletic Training resident a translational research approach helps create a focus to anticipate future manpower readiness specific to the nuclear security enterprise. The research focuses to create a more specialized, rather than traditional, military clinic role into an industrial, real-life setting. This clinic utilizes a unique model of health care and presents patient-driven outcomes which facilitate enhanced capabilities specific to each patient.

The “MSTC Clinic” is located in the TRF Hanger Sportsmedicine Facility. It has limited hours and sees TRF patients on an apointment or referral basis.

Clinical Research Balances Laboratory Elements With UIdaho Mentors

8 Sep

Research

Athletic training is a profession with roots in many disciplines (e.g., medicine, physical and biological sciences, sport, biomechanics, and exercise science). Successful practice as an athletic trainer requires an interdisciplinary approach to research and practice emphasizing the interconnectedness between the physical body, human behavior, and medical technology. The University of Idaho Athletic Training Education Program engages in research that can transform health care.

The National Institute of Health has identified Translational Research as a method of doing interdisciplinary research that brings together clinical and laboratory research to solve world healthcare challenges. Students and faculty in the program use a translational research approach to improve knowledge in musculoskeletal medicine. DAT students will have the opportunity to conduct research directly related to improving clinical practice. Typical research topics may include but are not limited to evidence- based practice, prevention of injuries and illnesses, patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, clinical techniques, clinical epidemiology, therapeutic modalities, evaluation and diagnosis, biomechanics, clinical prediction models.

Doctoral Athletic Training students have an opportunity to be part of this translational research team and actively engaged in independent research. There are a total of seven doctoral students participating in a research-based clinical residency.  The COLV2490.wordpress.com website reflects the efforts of one DAT resident.   This peticular residency is the first and only doctoral residency to utilize a licensed and certified athletic trainer to create improved military and protective service initiatives which enable active duty SF to perform with Human Performance Optimization elements.  Previous University of Idaho undergraduate students have received grant funding to support their research and have published and presented their research findings at professional conferences and in academic journals.  The DAT faculty maintain balance of clinical and laboratory research and serve as mentors in student lead projects. Continue reading