Mar 24, 2015
How Mobile Apps Power Athletic Trainers’ Work

Apps have the power to help people reduce stress, manage pain and/or sleep cycles—but, best of all, apps can actually improve athletes’ communication with their athletic trainers. Jordan Hamson-Utley, PhD, LAT, ATC , the program chair of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ online Master of Health Science in Athletic Training program, emphasizes that empowering people to become active participants in their treatment leads to better clinical outcomes.

Her research, which she recently presented at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), finds that athletes are more likely to adhere to a rehabilitation program if their doctor supports (and urges) patient autonomy. Athletic trainers are in the perfect position to suggest and help patients use apps as tools to improve their health, through goal setting, social support, and overall education.

In short, apps may improve patients’ focus on their health. Are you using apps in your practice to increase your connection to patients?

You can expect ground-breaking research like this in each and every course taught by Dr. Utley and the program’s expert faculty, who include:

  • Marjorie J. Albohm, MS, ATC, past president of NATA

  • Richard A. Bahr, BS, NREMT, who leads a company that delivers emergency medical care to extreme international sport events, like the Red Bull events and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Tour

  • Greg Heuer, MS, ATC, who has traveled with elite athletes as the primary medical support on behalf of the U.S. Olympics

  • Corey A. Oshikoya, MEd, ATC, CSCS, EMT-B, who brings his clinical experience from the NFL Denver Broncos to the classroom


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