Concept and Background

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University is convening a summit dedicated to promoting the integration of public health approaches into the practice of athletic training. Since the beginning of the profession, injury and illness prevention has been a hallmark of the work done by athletic trainers.  Much of this work has, and continues to be, appropriately focused on the individual.  However, many of the most pressing problems facing physically active children and adults- such as sport-related concussion, sudden cardiac death, and osteoarthritis- require population-level approaches to maximize the effectiveness of prevention initiatives.  While athletic trainers are well-positioned in many of these problem areas to take leading roles in injury and illness prevention, they may be unfamiliar with how to successfully incorporate policy development, policy assessment, and large-scale translation to practice initiatives into their work to facilitate maximal impact.  The overarching goal of the Athletic Training & Public Health Summit is to introduce athletic trainers to population health approaches using current issues as contextual backdrops for these lessons.  The time is now for the profession of athletic training to move beyond the individual, and directly impact the health and well-being of entire populations.  We invite you to join us for the inaugural ATPHS so that you may take a leading role in integrating athletic training and public health practices!

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the summit, attendees should be able to:

  1. Describe the benefits of using a population approach to address issues important to athletic trainers,
  2. Identify specific skill sets and potential partnerships that would be beneficial for maximizing the prevention of injuries and illnesses commonly treated by athletic trainers, and
  3. Identify and develop potential solutions to challenges that arise in the development, translation, adoption, and assessment of preventative policies, guidelines, and practices.

The ATPHS has been organized into three symposiums that are designed to highlight an issue important to athletic trainers and introduce how a population approach has or could be used to promote preventative practices at the population level.  Symposiums will feature a keynote address by an internationally recognized expert and supplementary presentations by professionals from areas such as health promotion and health behavior, epidemiology, environmental and occupational health and safety, and health policy.  While the topics below will be highlighted, the programming has been intentionally developed so that the focus of each symposium is on the approach such that the lessons learned can be extended to other issues important to athletic trainers.  Topics and approaches to be covered in the inaugural ATPHS are:

1. Sudden Cardiac Death and Development and Implementation of Policies/Guidelines for Injury Prevention

Keynote Speaker:  Jonathan Drezner, MD
Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington
Team Physician, University of Washington Intercollegiate Athletics and Seattle Seahawks

2. Sport-related Concussion and Program/Policy Evaluation

Keynote Speaker:  Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC
Kenan Distinguished Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Natural Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

3. Osteoarthritis and Translation to Practice

Keynote Speaker:  Kenneth Cameron, PhD, MPH, ATC
Director of Orthopaedic Research, John A. Feagin Sports Medicine Fellowship, Keller Army Community Hospital


In addition to the formal presentations designed to meet the learning objectives, substantial time has been allotted for group discussion and interaction with the expert panels.  Rather than simply serving as question and answer sessions, it is intended that these discussion sessions will serve to guide the development of a roadmap for public health initiatives in athletic training that will be completed during the summit’s closing session.

Local Organizing Committee:

Mark Hoffman, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Viktor Bovbjerg, PhD, MPH, NREMT
Kim Hannigan, PhD, ATC
Sam Johnson, PhD, ATC
Marc Norcross, PhD, ATC

Summit Programming Consultants:

Jennifer Hootman, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Kristen Kucera, PhD, MSPH, ATC, LAT