Professional Ethics in Athletic Training

Professional Ethics in Athletic Training


An invaluable resource for any athletic training curriculum, this text introduces athletic training as a profession by presenting an ethical framework of values, principles, and theory. Chapters explore important issues related to cultural competence, foundational behaviors of professional practice, professional and moral behavior, and ethical decision-making - skills that both inform and transcend the athletic training profession. Learning activities at the end of each section help you see connections between the material and clinical practice, revealing new insights about yourself, your profession, and the organizations with which you will interact.
  • Content draws connections between ethical values, principles, and theory, as relating to the Foundational Behaviors of Professional Practice.
  • Over 100 case studies promote critical thinking with clinical examples of ethical situations and conflicts that correspond to the domains identified by the Board of Certification (BOC) Role Delineation Study.
  • Learning Activities chapters at the end of each section provide over 60 activities designed to link content and theory to clinical practice.
  • Organized into three levels, Level One consists of an introduction to professional ethics in athletic training, Level Two focuses on professional enculturation, and Level Three explores the application of ethical concepts in professional life.
  • Good to Know boxes highlight information throughout the chapters to enrich content and identify applications in the field.
  • Professional Pearl boxes contain quotes from NATA Hall of Fame Inductees, offering advice about the challenges often faced in the profession.
  • Chapter outlines, learning objectives, and ethical concepts at the beginning of each chapter lay out the information in an easy-to-follow framework.
  • Appendices include self-assessment and evaluation tools that encourage you to assess where your own responses fall within ethical boundaries.
  • Sections on cultural competence and ethical dilemmas increase awareness of diversity by exploring scenarios in which the practitioner's and patient's morals may conflict.
Introduction: Maria's Story

Part I: Level I: Introduction to Professional Ethics in Athletic Training

Section I: The Profession of Athletic Training

1. Aspects of the Profession

2. Learning Activities: Linking Content to Practice

Section II: Linking Theory to Practice: A Review and Applications

3. Ethics Education: A Framework for Success

4. Ethical Discovery: Approaches to Learning

5. Ethical Decision Making

6. Learning Activities: Linking Content to Practice

Part II: Level II: Professional Enculturation

Section I: Professional Ethics 101

7. Introduction to Ethics

8. Self-Awareness and Cultivation of Personal Identity

9. Development of Moral Behavior: Step 1—Moral Sensitivity

10. Learning Activities: Linking Content to Practice

Section II: Professional Ethics 201

11. Professional Awareness and the Cultivation of Professional Identity

12. The Professional Therapeutic Relationship

13. The Development of Moral Behavior: Step 2—Moral Reasoning

14. Learning Activities: Linking Content to Practice

Section III: Professional Ethics 301

15. Moral Theory: Deontology, Teleology, and Virtue Ethics

16. Development of Moral Behavior: Step 3—Moral Character

17. Organizational Awareness and the Preservation of Professional Identity in Context

18. Learning Activities: Linking Content to Practice

Part III: Level III: Professional Application

19. Learning Activities: Linking Content to Practice


Appendix A: National Athletic Trainers’ Association Compliance and Non-Compliance Issues

Appendix B: Assessment Tools

Appendix C: Sample Rubrics for Ethical Decision Making

Appendix D: Writing about Moral Issues

Appendix E: Sample Course Design and Delivery for Teaching Ethics: Multiple Stage Approach

Appendix F: Summary of Steps or Stages of Practice-Based Ethical Decision-Making Models
Gretchen A. Schlabach, PhD, ATC, LAT, Associate Professor, Director, Athletic Training Education Program, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL and Kimberly S. Peer, EdD, ATC, LAT, Associate Professor, Coordinator, Athletic Training Education Program, School of Exercise, Leisure, and Sport, Kent State University, Kent, OH


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