Current and Potential Practices in Athletic Training

Guest Editor and Project Coordinator:
Rebecca Hess PhD

Meredith Decker: The Effects of Hydration on Athletic Performance
Chris Parker: Current Trends in the Assessment and Management of Sport-Related Concussions: The Result of ImPACT
Kathryn Ramsdell: A Review of the McKenzie Method of Spinal Rehabilitation and Evaluation
Sean Rentler: The Role of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in Treating Athletic Injuries

Health care is a dynamic profession that requires current application of specific, specialized knowledge.  Certifying and licensing associations facilitate such application by requiring continuing education from their practicing clinicians and educators.  As health care professionals, certified athletic trainers have become increasingly interested in evaluating their professional practice with more emphasis on evidence-based practice and research.  These student papers address Current and Potential Practices in Athletic Training and hopefully demonstrate the need for continued education and sharing among a variety of clinicians and educators, all equally interested in quality health care.


Rebecca Hess, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Health Science, Nu Omicron Undergraduate Research Director, California University of Pennsylvania; course instructor for selected student papers, ATE 460, Sports Medicine Research.


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