Facilitating Behavior Change: Evaluating A Protocol for Educating Athletic Trainers

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Fall 2007

Project Description/Abstract

Psychological theories of behavior change have been integrated into the core curricula in the US for health care practitioners (e.g., health educators, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and nutritionists). Yet, athletic trainers whose sole focus is to prevent, assess, manage and rehabilitate sport related injuries for the physically active have no exposure to psychological theories of behavior change in their education programs. The purpose of this research study is to access the effectiveness of the Decision Making Model (DMM) and training module for increasing athletic trainer’s ability and confidence to effectively facilitate healthy behavior change. The proposed activities for this study include gathering evidenced-based data as to the usefulness of the Decision Making Model, identifying competences for effective behavior change for accredited athletic training education programs, developing best practice standards for teaching these competencies, and proposing inclusion of these best practice standards in the Board of Certification’s Role Delineation Study.

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