Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Effortless Athletic Training for ALL


Athletic trainers have many more responsibilities than people think about. Most people think that athletic trainers as just the people who tape an athlete before he or she goes out to play. They do tape the athlete, but first they need to figure out what is wrong with the athlete. Athletic trainers need to pretty much know the whole anatomy and physiology of the body, what specific structure is where and what it does for the body. They need to know how to do special tests to see what specific structure is affected from the injury. They need to know everything about the injury; could it be caused from something else or could it affect another structure in their body? They need to know how to tape for the injury, how to keep it from happening again and to make sure there isn’t a lot of pain when they play, semi-restrict the motion. Long term, the athletes need to be able to come back 100% from this injury and to do this they need rehab to strengthen the structure that was injured. Other than just the anatomy and physiology, athletic training and physical therapy aspect of an injury, another thing we need to think about is the psychological effects it has on the athlete.

For this project I will be putting together a website. This website will have everything that an athletic trainer or an everyday person needs to diagnose an injury, treat for the short term and treat for the long term of the specific injury. When someone goes to the website they will see tabs at the top, special tests, injuries, taping, rehab, and psychological effects. When you click each tab it will bring you to the “home page” for that specific topic. The special tests, injuries, taping and rehab tabs will bring you a picture of a body. This body will have hot links on common injury sites (foot, ankle, hip, knee, elbow, shoulder, etc.) that will open you to a new page that will give you all the information of that specific tab that you clicked on correlating with the body part you clicked on. The psychological effects tab will be less interactive, but will bring to common areas that athletic trainers need to think about when dealing with injuries. I think that this will bring a lot of different things together in one place for anyone that wants to know how to deal with an injury!

I feel like this project is very interdisciplinary by critically evaluating disciplinary insights and creating a common ground among the different disciplines, giving it a comprehensive understanding of an injury as a whole from start to finish. I think this project will take into consideration a few different theories including the complexity theory, perspective taking theory and common ground theory.
The complexity theory is taking multiple parts of different disciplines and connecting then in some way with one another. We would take the anatomy and physiology of the body and apply it to taping a specific way, helping the body part not move as much making the athletes pain decrease while playing or apply it to the special test to know what you are actually testing for. 
The perspective taking theory is viewing of a particular issue in a standpoint other than your own. I think this really has to do with the psychological aspect of it. We need to see this injury how the athlete sees it. How this specific injury affecting them mentally.
The common ground theory is taking the beliefs that each person has to establish a common ground between everyone. This is really taking everything into consideration of how everyone has one common goal, the best/quickest possible care of the athlete in mind.

For my project I plan on taking from four different fields, anatomy and physiology, athletic training, physical therapy and psychology. Anatomy and physiology will give my project the knowledge of what is going on with in the body, which structure is where and what it does for the body (help stabilize, help move, etc.).  Anatomy and physiology will help you figure out what is exactly injured and why (stresses). Athletic training will be what my project is pretty much based around. It will give the special tests needed for when a body part is injured to figure out what exactly is wrong and it will give you different taping techniques for different injuries. Physical therapy will offer my project long-term information. It will give you info on how to strengthen different body structures to get back to 100%. The last field is psychology. This will offer my project a different view of the athlete’s injury. We won’t just look at this injury as something physical, but what is happening mentally with the athlete as well.



March 10th – prospectus due
March 24th – meet with Dr. Levy & review everything
March 26th- - have website layout design (create domain)
March 24th – April 5th – research all special tests, injuries, taping, rehab and
psychology aspects and lay them all out by body part

April 2nd – 2 articles, take notes and fill in chart
April 7th – 2 articles, take notes, fill in chart
April 12th – have all injuries on website
April 16th – have all special tests on website
April 19th – have all rehab on website
April 19th – 21st – tap all tapping techniques
April 22nd – have all tapping videos on website
April 24th – have all psychology research on website
April 28th – start project paper

May 1st – all final touches done to website
May 5th – bring draft of completed project to class
May 7th – start screencast

May 12th – screencast of full project due online by 4 pm


  1. Your project sounds very interesting. You mentioned that the website will be not only for athletic trainers but also for everyday people. Does it mean that the language of the website will be adjusted in the way that the person who is not an athletic trainer can understand it?

  2. I love the idea of the website with all of the information because most people go to the internet first when they feel sick or get an injury. It would be nice for someone to be able to have an idea of where their pain is and be informed about their own bodies and injuries. I'm glad you're including psychology in your disciplines because injuries do affect the person's mind and mood and people don't always realize that.

  3. Hi Kelley - I wonder about how you would be able to create content that would simultaneously serve an athletic trainer's needs and that of an everyday person - that would seem to me to be challenging. How do you plan to do this? - Dr. O'Donnell

  4. Fix the "citations" under your photos!

    I agree with Dr. O'Donnell, and think perhaps you might want to gear your website towards people with injuries who are NOT athletic trainers-- since I think you might be in a unique position as an interdisciplinarian to help them understand their injuries, treatment plans, and coping strategies. Clarifying your audience will help a lot as you move forward. Also, don't underestimate the tech involved here, and also the organization of the tabs, which is still a bit unclear in terms of what it will all look like. Start sketching the site early and experimenting with platforms so you start building as soon as possible. Let me know how I can help, and remember that the folks at the HelpDesk may be able to assist, too.

  5. First four steps of the broad model:
    1. define the problem or state the research question
    2. justify using an interdisciplinary approach
    3. identify relevant disciplines
    4. conduct a literature search

    The broad model explores a problem or question that has many different disciplines that go into it to help “answer it” or come to a conclusion. The first for steps of this model will affect my plans by making sure well rounded question that is well thought through. The first step will make sure I have a complex question that can be well researched through many disciplines. The second step is going to make sure I have two or more disciplines going into it, again keeping it complex and making sure it is addressed comprehensively. The third step is going to make sure I find disciplines no just related to my topic, but most relevant. The last step I will look at for my project, the fourth step, will make sure I have an organized way to research my topic and how I have to look for quality of the research not just quantity.
    Comparing this to my project I think I have followed the first few steps. I believe I have a complex project that requires a few relevant and important disciplines. The only part of this model that I haven’t quite done yet would be the literature search. I have found a few good articles, but when looking I need to remember it doesn’t matter if I have 20 okay sources, a few great ones will work just as well if not better!