Clinical Research Balances Laboratory Elements With UIdaho Mentors

8 Sep


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 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.

For more information about the University of Idaho research, interest and scholarship record, please visit:




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