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Preceptor Training Workshop - Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice

Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice

  • Primacy of the patient
  • Teamed Approach to Practice
  • Legal Practice
  • Ethical Practice
  • Advancing Knowledge
  • Cultural Competence
  • Professionalism

The National Athletic Trainer's Association has taken great strides to implement a standardization to the process of athletic training education. In the 2006 athletic training educational competencies, the foundational behaviors of professional practice are infused in cognitive and psychomotor competencies within the professional course content areas. Primacy of the patient includes the recognition of the sources of conflicts of interest that can impact patient care, patient confidentiality and the advocacy of needs of the patients. The team approach includes the need to recognize the skills and abilities of other health care professionals, the understanding of their scope of practice, and the development of the ability to work with others in effecting patient outcomes. Legal practice includes the necessity for all allied health care professionals including certified athletic trainers to practice in a legally competent manner, understanding the processes and consequences of violating the laws that govern athletic training. Ethical practice includes the understanding of the NATA code of ethics and the necessity to comply with that code and the BOC's standards of practice in the professional arena. Advancing knowledge involves the ability to critically think and process information in evidence based practice in the delivery of health care. It also includes the value of continuing education, research and scholarship. Cultural competence includes the understanding of the cultural differences in attitudes, behaviors of peers and patient populations that are in a diverse work environment. Professionalism simply refers to an advocacy for professionalism, honesty, integrity, compassion and empathy is effective patient/peer relationships in sports medicine.

The picture that these foundational behaviors paint on the athletic training landscape is one that demands respect from the medical community and is in line with the behavioral demands of other allied health care professions that serve in the society of sports medicine.