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History

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) (Roundtree, TX; www.caate.net) nationally accredits Saginaw Valley State University’s (SVSU) Athletic Training Program (ATP).

The ATP at SVSU has evolved over the past 5 years. In 1999, a program director was hired to begin the process of seeking accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Beginning the fall semester 2000, the athletic training major (BS) became a standalone major. The program had its initial accreditation site visit during the winter semester in 2003 and received initial accreditation during the fall semester 2003. During the 2004-2005 academic year, the ATP oversight and administration was separated from the SVSU Athletic Department (athletic training staff) and oversight of the ATP became the full responsibility of the Department of Kinesiology. During that year, students began completing clinical education experiences at off-campus sites. The athletic training room at SVSU became just one of several clinical education sites utilized by the ATP. Because of the increase in clinical sites, the preceptor to athletic training student (ATS) ratios were decreased to primarily a 1:3 or 1:2 ratio, which makes this ATP unique. The ATP achieved continuing accreditation in March 2009 and successfully earned a 10-year accreditation by CAATE.

In 2010 a new ATP director was hired to run the day-to-day program operations. During the 2011-2012 academic year, a 1-year appointment position for Athletic Training was approved. During that same time period the ATP underwent a complete program curricular renovation to address the 5th Edition of the NATA Educational Competencies. This time period saw a tremendous growth in pre-athletic training major (≈ 90 students), as well as applications to the program.  As a result, the 2012-2013 academic year resulted in the greatest number of students enrolled in the ATP in the history of the program (43). The 2012-2013 academic year also saw the beginning of a new four year curriculum which included the additional of 6 new courses (KINE 234, KINE 235, KINE 335, KINE 435, KINE 436). Four students were appointed to the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society Student Committee with the prime goal of planning the 2014 MATS Annual Student Meeting. During this same time, the ATP had 10 student presentations at the 2013 GLATA Annual meeting, 5 of these were oral presentations. Additionally, 5 student free communication posters were presented at the 2013 NATA Annual meeting in Las Vegas. There was a MATS student scholarship winner, GLATA Bobby Gunn Leadership winner, and an NATA Foundation scholarship winner as well as a SVSU Faculty Association Student Mentorship Winner for the completion of the project entitled - Effectiveness of Four-Decontamination Techniques on Bacterial Growth on CPR Manikins After Use in a CPR Course.

In 2013 the athletic training continued to grow. The one-year temporary athletic training position became a full time tenure track position with the hire of a new clinical coordinator. The program accepted 17 new athletic training students for a total of 38 students.

The 2013-2014 academic year was a very successful year for ATP. Six students were appointed to the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society Student Committee with the prime goal of planning the 2014 MATS Annual Student Meeting. Three athletic training student were awarded the College of Health and Human Services Braun for the paper entitled - The Influence of Pitch Count and Type on Elbow and Shoulder Injuries in Adolescent Baseball Pitchers: A Systematic Review. During this same time, the ATP had 18 student presentations at the 2014 GLATA Annual meeting, 8 of these were oral presentations. Additionally, 17 student free communication posters were presented at the 2014 NATA Annual meeting in Indianapolis, IN. Of these free communication posters , 7 were peer track reviews with published abstracts; two were NATA Undergraduate Research Poster Finalist; and of these The Effects of a Long Spine Board vs. Vacuum Mattress on Patient Comfort and Cervical Spine Stability: A Systematic Review was the NATA Research Foundation Undergraduate Free Communication Poster Winner. We had a MATS student scholarship winner, GLATA Bobby Gunn Leadership winner, and an NATA Foundation scholarship winner.  There were two SVSU Faculty Association Student Mentorship Winners.

In 2014 the athletic training program continued to grow. There was a new clinical education coordinator hired to replace the one who had left to pursue another position. The program accepted 16 new athletic training students for a total of 45 students.

The 2014-2015 academic year was a very successful year for ATEP. Three athletic training students were awarded the College of Health and Human Services Braun for the paper entitled - The Effects of Therapeutic Interventions Administered by Athletic Trainers in the Management of Patellar Tendinopathy in Adults: A Systematic Review. During this same time, the ATP had nine student presentations at the 2014 GLATA Annual meeting; four of these were oral presentations. Additionally, 6 student free communication posters were presented at the 2015 NATA Annual meeting in St. Louis, MO. All of these free communications, 7 were peer track reviews with published abstracts; one was an NATA Undergraduate Research Poster Finalist;

The Influence of Creatine, Carbohydrate, and Creatine+Carbohydrate Supplementation on Anaerobic Activity in Adolescent Athletes: A Systemic Review. The program also had an SVSU Faculty Association Student Mentorship Winner for the completion of the project entitled - Does Body Composition Affect Forearm Extension and Flexion Peak Torque in Regards to Swim Performance? There was an implementation of Interprofessional Education (IPE) for the athletic training students during this year.  This included, but not limited to, programs/courses with nursing, occupational therapy, sociology, emergency medicine, and physical therapy. Specifically the ATP developed a Sudden Cardiac Arrest simulation done in conjunction with Mobile Medical Response.

In 2015 the program accepted 19 new athletic training students for a total of 44 students.