As the athletic world continues to evolve the athlete of today is far different from the athlete of yesterday. Today’s athletes enter the world of organized athletics at a younger age thus the bond between the athlete and athlete trainer can last from middle school through college. As this bond is created there are times that the line between the relationship can become skewed.  The purpose of this program is is to educate athletic trainers on the ethical code they are bound by, what it means to be viewed as a mandatory reporter, and how to ensure the right steps are always followed.   The topic of consequences at the state level for unethical actions is also discussed, as well as what responsibility all athletic trainers carry to peer report violations. The main focus of PATS and Geisinger through this program is to educate all athletic trainers on the topic of our ethical code.

This program consists of four modules:

1.  Is Appropriate Ethical Behavior in our DNA? Presented by Jim Thornton, MA, ATC, PES, CES, NATA President

2. What Happens If…  Presented by George Roberts, MEd, ATC, Vice Chair, PA State Board of Medicine

3. Do the Right Thing  Presented by Brion Lieberman, PHR

4. Ethical Decision Making in Sports Injuries and Return to Play, Presented by Dan Feldmann, MD

5. Question and Answer Session  Moderated by Yvette Ingram, PhD, LAT, ATC, PATS President

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society, Inc. is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 4.5 hours of Category A continuing education. Certified Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the continuing education activity.