Clinical Athletic Training Education Requirement
The Athletic Training clinical requirement is an integral part of the educational program for athletic trainers. Once admitted into the program students must complete four clinical courses. Each semester students will be assigned to a clinical instructor, and must work with the assigned instructor to complete the psychomotor competencies and clinical proficiencies outlined in the Roanoke College Athletic Training Clinical Manual. In addition, students must obtain 800 hours of field experience under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. The hours must be completed in an athletic training setting and may be divided between high risk sports, low risk sports, and the athletic training room. One hundred hours of directed observation during the first three semesters and 800 athletic training hours during the remaining five semesters, for a total of 900 hours, are required to complete the athletic training clinical requirement. Assessment of psychomotor skills related to athletic training will be an ongoing process throughout the four years of study. Students will also gain valuable field experience working with upper extremity sports, lower extremity sports, equipment intensive sports and general medical situations.
"We want to show students that they don't have to hit the treadmill, that they can play rec basketball and soccer. We provide all the equipment, so they just basically have to have athletic shoes and shorts, like showing up for P.E. class," says Ryberg.