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Preceptor Training Workshop - Orthopaedic Clinical Examination and Diagnosis


  • Obtain a complete medical history
  • Inspection clinical signs associated with common injuries
  • Identify postural, structural or biomechanical abnormalities
  • AROM/PROM with goniometer
  • Grade resisted joint ROM and MMT
  • Apply appropriate stress tests
  • Assess neurological status
  • Document results of the assessment including the diagnosis

In order to demonstrate knowledge of the practice of athletic training, to think critically about the practices involved in athletic training, including the ability to integrate knowledge, skill and behavior, and to assume professional responsibility, the entry level certified athletic trainer must possess the ability to clinically examine and diagnose a patient for the purpose of identifying (a) common acquired or congenital risk factors that would predispose the patient to injury and (b) musculoskeletal orthopedic injuries to determine proper care including referral of the patient to other health care providers when appropriate.

Clinical proficiency asks the ATS to demonstrate a musculoskeletal assessment of upper extremity, lower extremity, head/face, and spine for the purpose of identifying common acquired or congenital risk factors that would predispose the patient to injury and a musculoskeletal injury. This will include identification and recommendations for the correction of acquired or congenital risk factors for injury. At the conclusion of the assessment, the student will diagnose the patient's condition and determine and apply immediate treatment and or referral in the management of the condition. Effective lines of communication should be established to elicit and convey information about the patients status. While maintaining patient confidentiality, all aspects of the assessment should be documented using standardized record-keeping methods.

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