NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF PRACTICE WELCOMES ATHLETIC TRAINING ACADEMY

NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF PRACTICE WELCOMES ATHLETIC TRAINING ACADEMY

The National Academies of Practice held their 2021 Virtual Forum on March 18-20 and as part of this momentous 40th anniversary event, welcomed their newest academy – The Athletic Training Academy.

After nearly two years of significant focused work and deliberate preparation, the organization’s leadership unanimously approved Athletic Training as the newest academy to join the National Academies of Practice. Ten new Founding Distinguished Fellows and Professional Members were inducted into the National Academies of Practice during Saturday’s Induction and Awards Ceremony. Anthony Breitbach, PhD, ATC, FASAHP, FNAP will serve as the Chair of the Athletic Training Academy and Aaron Sciascia, PhD, ATC, PES, SMTC, FNAP will serve as Vice Chair.

The process to apply to become a National Academies of Practice academy requires submitting detailed information on how a specific profession meets the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates evidence of being a collaborative profession
  • Enables professionals to make decisions independently that affect the health and/or well-being of individuals and/or communities
  • Has a Code of Ethics for the profession
  • Has a defined minimum level of professional education
  • Utilizes a recognized accreditation process to establish and maintain high educational standards for the profession
  • Uses an established process of licensing, registration, or certification to ensure its colleagues are qualified and in good standing in their profession
  • Professionally disseminates peer reviewed scholarly activity

To ensure momentum for the new academy, the National Academies of Practice also asks how the new academy could contribute to the advancement of the organization’s vision to lead and exemplify interprofessional healthcare that promotes and preserves health and well-being.

The story of the athletic trainers’ journey and the steps taken to apply for and be recognized as a new academy was featured in the organization’s Societal Pages in the January 2021 issue of the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice.

The National Academies of Practice proudly welcomes the Athletic Training Academy and its Distinguished Fellows and Professional members and looks forward to learning more about the profession and its integral role and responsibilities within the interprofessional healthcare team.  

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