Athletic trainers’ experiences working with athletes with a physical disability in school-based sports
International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training
This study describes the experiences of over 500 school-based athletic trainers (ATs) and their familiarity, knowledge, comfort, and confidence working with athletes with a disability. ATs’ experiences in managing the health care of school-based athletes with a physical disability are unknown. Half of the respondents indicated experience providing services to these athletes, while 70% indicated little to no specific training/education. About half of the ATs reported being comfortable and confident in managing the care of athletes with a physical disability, while a quarter reported being knowledgeable. Findings suggest that experience helps provide ATs with comfort and confidence in caring for these athletes, but educational opportunities are still needed.
Valier, Alison R.Snyder; Picha, Kelsey J.; and Fay, Deanne R., "Athletic trainers’ experiences working with athletes with a physical disability in school-based sports" (2021). PT Faculty Publications. 14.