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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Student Practical Assessment Teaching Aid

Christopher P. Doney, ATC, ATR; Patrick J. Sexton, EdD, ATC, ATR, CSCS; Jennifer A. Carda, ATC, LAT
Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN

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Christopher Doney
1400 Highland Center Mankato, MN 56001
(612) 490–3887

Athletic training classroom and laboratory activities are generally the only time when students get to see many clinical skills being performed. While clinical experiences allow actual clinical practice time, the student can only perform these skills after s/he has been assessed for proficiency. Prior to that time the student may only practice on fellow students. The Student Practical Assessment Teaching Aid (SPATA) is designed to provide the students of the Minnesota State University Athletic Training Education Program the ability to access study materials at any time, day or night, from any location with access to the internet. SPATA will allow students to have both written and visual (digital photo and video) guides to help them prepare for their respective proficiency assessments (i.e. practical examinations). SPATA is not an attempt to replace textbooks as study materials, but it will provide a useful visual reference for students when they need an example, or when they may not have all their textbooks available.

SPATA will be located on Minnesota State University Athletic Training Education Program homepage. At this time anyone will be able to access the SPATA, however, in the future it will be restricted to current students of the program only, password protected. Each module is laid out in the same SOAP note format as the practical examination and just as an evaluation would be conducted on a patient. Anytime a student has a question related to history, inspection, palpation of bony or soft tissue structures, muscle testing, or special tests they can easily access the appropriate SPATA module and follow the appropriate link. By clicking on the special test link for the gleno–humeral relocation test of the shoulder, for example, the student will see a step–by–step description of the test with positive interpretations and false positives; then by clicking an additional link the student will see a digital video of that specific special test.

This project utilizes the internet and digital media to provide the athletic training student with a powerful tool for their academic preparation as an athletic trainer and, ultimately, entry into the profession.