Anthony Paul Breitbach

Anthony Paul Breitbach
Saint Louis University | SLU · Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

PhD, ATC
Athletic Trainer - Interprofessional Collaboration Leader and Scholar

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Introduction
Dr. Anthony Breitbach is a Professor and Certified Athletic Trainer serving as Director of the Athletic Training Program and Interim Chair of Nutrition and Dietetics in the Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University. He is ASAHP's Interprofessional Task Force Chair and represents them on the IPEC Council. He also is a Associate Editor for the Journal of Interprofessional Care, on the AIHC Executive Committee and is Chair of NAP's AT Academy.
Additional affiliations
July 2007 - present
Saint Louis University
Position
  • Managing Director
July 2007 - present
Saint Louis University
Position
  • Professor (Full)
September 2000 - May 2007
Saint Louis University
Position
  • Head Athletic Trainer
Education
June 2001 - November 2007
Saint Louis University
Field of study
  • Educational Leadership
August 1985 - May 1987
University of Florida
Field of study
  • Exercise and Sports Science
August 1981 - August 1985
University of Iowa
Field of study
  • Athletic Training

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Publications (75)
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Unlike musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries, MSK pain is rarely studied in athletes. In this study, we examined the prevalence of preseason MSK pain in apparently healthy collegiate soccer and basketball players and its relationship with previous injuries (1-year history), among other factors. Ninety-seven eligible student athletes (mean age: 20.1 (SD: 1...
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Interprofessional education (IPE) initiatives are growing due to the Interprofessional Education Collaborative's core competencies being incorporated into health professions educations programs' accreditation criteria. This investigation examined organizational models and structures of US IPE programs using mixed methodology of quantitative survey...
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Background Multi-institutional qualitative studies are scarce within the interprofessional education (IPE) literature; such a report would provide comprehensive evidence for the application of interprofessional instruction among earlier learners. Objective This investigation explored students' expectations of and barriers to introductory IPE acros...
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INTRODUCTION Interprofessional education and collaborative practice is emerging at the forefront of health professions education. The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education recently added interprofessional education and interprofessional collaborative practice to the accreditation standards. In order to facilitate interprofessio...
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The importance of integrating interprofessional collaboration in both healthcare education and delivery is well documented. Interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) has been identified as a potential route to achieve the ‘quadruple aim’ through enhancing collaboration and teamwork among professionals, patients and families. Ov...
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Interprofessional education (IPE) research needs to expand beyond single site, single event inquiry. Multi-institutional studies increase methodologic rigor and generalizability, advancing the pedagogical science of IPE. Four U.S. institutions used three different validated measures to examine early learner interprofessional outcomes. The three ass...
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As in other areas of healthcare, the quality of patient care in the field of sport science and sports medicine (SSSM) could benefit from interprofessional collaboration between the professions involved. As a prerequisite, healthcare providers in the SSSM field should be equipped with positive attitudes and perceptions toward interprofessional colla...
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Interprofessional Education and Collaboration: An Evidence-Based Approach to Optimizing Health Care is a groundbreaking text in the field of interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP). As the health care industry continues to grow, it is critical that those entering health care careers possess interprofess...
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Interprofessional education (IPE) has grown in popularity in recent years, but much work remains to be done regarding its evaluation and longitudinal impact, as well as in codifying the attributes of IPE that prepare learners for "collaboration-ready" practice. The present study sought to assess collaboration skill retention or change among graduat...
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Objective To discuss the relevance of system-level health inequities and their interplay with race in sports and athletic training, particularly during and after the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Background Health inequity is a systemic and longstanding concern with dire consequences that can have marked effects on the lives of min...
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Crises such as pandemics create stresses on the health-care system that often produce innovation and changes in roles and delivery methods. In the current pandemic, and with the interruption of organized sport activities, athletic trainers have moved beyond traditional hierarchies and scopes of practice to roles that fully leverage their knowledge,...
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The context of interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practice (IPCP) has led to calls for greater alignment, coordination, and coalitions among education and healthcare delivery systems. One method to evaluate and improve these coalitions is the Polarity ThinkingTM framework. Polarities, such as IPE and IPCP, can represent interdepend...
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PURPOSE This study examines the group performance trajectories of athletic training and physical therapy students as they engaged in case-based learning experiences over the course of a semester. METHODS We apply Tuckman and Jensen's (1977) model of group development which predicts a non-linear performance trend as groups progress through the stage...
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Purpose: Health professions students experience professional socialization during their program of study. Institutions have turned to interprofessional education as a means of preparing students for their role as collaborative health care professionals. This study examines the effect of case-based learning experiences in a shared professional Thera...
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Interprofessional education (IPE) research has grown dramatically, but it has primarily occurred at single institutions/contexts with unique assessment tools. Comparing pedagogical approaches and assessment tools across contexts and learner levels is necessary to advance the educational preparation of "collaborative-ready" health professionals. One...
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Introduction and Background: Interprofessional education (IPE) is outlined in many health professions education standards creating an increased demand for its inclusion in already crowded curricula with limited faculty and financial resources. The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) developed "Core Competencies for Interprofessional Co...
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INTRODUCTION Understanding athletic trainers’ (ATs) perceptions of and experiences with interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) can help improve their interactions with other healthcare professionals. The purpose of this study was to explore ATs’ perceptions (beliefs, benefits, barriers), experiences and recommended strategies related to IP...
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The 2019 ASAHP Summit was a collaboration between the Association of Schools of Allied health Professions (ASAHP), Saint Louis University, and Kindred Healthcare bringing multiple stakeholders together to discuss important factors in the connection between academia and industry with the goal of reviewing recommendations put forth by ASAHP's Clinica...
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The purpose of this poster is to depict the underlying approach towards developing the IPE-RC and implementation of a preliminary research study.
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Interprofessional Education (IPE) initiatives have been developed with the goal of preparing collaboration-ready health professionals with the ultimate objective of improving health outcomes for persons and the greater population. Progress has been made in IPE in health professions but growth is needed to make IPE more universally available. To res...
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Professional preparation in athletic training (AT) has grown quickly from modest roots based in physical education in the 1960’s to its emergence as a recognized health profession today. The profession has long embraced interprofessional practice but many times was not included in discussion of interprofessional education (IPE) at the institutional...
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Objectives: Interprofessional Education (IPE) prepares collaborative-ready health professionals although the actual process of learning about, from and with each other is widely debated in the literature. The goal of the study was to examine the effectiveness of an introductory IPE course in improving students' collaboration skills. Method: 176 Un...
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The School-Based Health Centre (SBHC) model of healthcare delivery in community health is designed to address the unique needs of adolescents. Through a collaborative interprofessional approach, they aim to provide comprehensive care with the goal of reducing health disparities in underserved, at-risk adolescents. Integration of sports medicine hea...
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Hypothesis/Issue: The context of interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practice (IPCP) has led to calls for greater alignment, coordination and coalitions among education and healthcare delivery systems. One method that may improve these coalitions is Polarity ThinkingTM. Polarities represent interdependent pairs of different but comp...
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BACKGROUND Sports medicine has grown from a special interest area in healthcare to an established profession in its own right. Containing many specialties and a range of professional inputs there are complex dynamics at work which often dictate the provision of care. Whilst interprofessional interventions have been successfully applied in more main...
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This study examines the effect of case-based learning experiences on interprofessional role clarity of Athletic Training (AT) and Physical Therapy (PT) students, as well as the relationship between interprofessional role clarity and self-rated performance measures. Preliminary results show role clarity may improve for students engaged in these lear...
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The Association of School of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) hosted the 2018 ASAHP Summit on Healthcare Workforce Readiness for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 12:00 - 5:00 pm. It was structured as a pre-conference session to the Nexus Summit, sponsored by the National Center for...
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Free Communications Poster Presentation NATA Clinical Symposia and AT Expo New Orleans, LA
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Context: Organizations value teamwork and collaboration as they strive to build culture and attain their goals and objectives. Sports provide a useful and easily accessible means to study teamwork. Interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) has been identified as a means to improve patient and population health outcomes. Principles of teamwork...
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Adding an Athletic Trainer to a SBHC is a novel idea and partnership between multiple branches of healthcare. The success of this pilot program could prove to be a new advancement in providing holistic healthcare through SBHC's, for under-served populations.
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INTRODUCTION Interprofessional Education (IPE) prepares collaborative-ready health professionals although the actual process of learning “about, from and with” each other is widely debated in the literature (World Health Organization, 2010). The goal of the study was to examine the effectiveness of an introductory IPE course in improving students’...
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An integral component of interprofessional education (IPE) is the development of a collaboration-ready health-care workforce. While collaboration is a fundamental element of IPE, there is no existing measure of collaboration skills that is not context specific. This article describes the development and initial validation of the Self-Assessed Colla...
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Context: Interprofessional education (IPE), an emerging theme in health professional education programs, intends to prepare students for collaborative practice in order to improve patient outcomes. In 2012, the profession of athletic training strategically began to increase program participation in IPE. Objective: This article compares 2 studies t...
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Hypothesis/Objectives: School-based health clinics (SBHC) are an emerging model for community health. This project describes the process and outcomes of incorporation of an athletic trainer (AT) into an SBHC. Method: An AT was added to the staff of an SBHC at an urban high school in St. Louis, MO, in Aug 2016. Prior to 2016, the clinic was staffed...
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Organizations value teamwork and collaboration as they strive to build culture and attain their goals and objectives. Sports provide a useful and easily accessible means to study teamwork. Interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) has been identified as a means of improving patient and population health outcomes. Principles of teamwork in spo...
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Many health professions incorporate interprofessional education (IPE) to prepare graduates for collaborative practice, although little is known about IPE implementation in nutrition and dietetics (ND) education. The purpose of this study was to evaluate IPE integration in ND programs and identify institutional factors impacting IPE availability and...
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Organizations recommend interprofessional education (IPE) as a means of promoting collaborative patient-cen-tered care. In turn, various external accreditors in the health professions have integrated IPE competencies into their standards. However, little is known about how athletic train-ing (AT) and nutrition and dietetics (ND) have incorporated I...
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Oral health is a key concern for student athletes. The dentist is the primary oral health care provider. Athletic trainers (ATs) are health professionals who have a primary care role for the student athlete. They are often the fi rst to respond when dental trauma occurs in athletics. This paper informs dentists and ATs about each other and includes...
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BACKGROUND Sports medicine has grown from a special interest area in healthcare to an established profession in its own right. Containing many specialties and a range of professional inputs there are complex dynamics at work which often dictate the provision of care. Whilst interprofessional interventions have been successfully applied in more main...
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The primary objective of this project is to improve student wellness and health outcomes through access to comprehensive healthcare in an underserved community. The target population for this project is a diverse and underserved high school in South St. Louis City. Students from Roosevelt High School (RHS) are predominantly ethnic minorities (72.3%...
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As the healthcare system of the United States becomes more complex, collaboration among health professionals is becoming an essential aspect in improving the health of individuals and populations. An interprofessional education course entitled “Health Care System and Health Promotion” was developed to allow health profession students to work and le...
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Context: Interprofessional collab-orative practice (IPCP) has been identi ed as playing an important role in improving health care and patient outcomes. Interprofessional Education (IPE) is described as an essential component of preparing health professions students as " collaboration ready " members of health care teams. Recent recommendations of...
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Context: Many athletic trainers will work with other healthcare professionals. A living learning community (LLC) may help prepare students for future interprofessional practice and improve their rst year experience. Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine satisfaction with the university experience after participation in a living learni...
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Saint Louis University’s Athletic Training Program is strongly committed to reaching an ethnically diverse academic student population with an interest in AT and Sports Medicine. Less than a mile from the SLU Medical Center Campus, Roosevelt High School is in the St. Louis Public School District with the following demographics: 80% African-American...
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Context: The purpose of this study is to develop an educational athletic training program for high school students from underrepresented ethnic groups interested in the profession. The cur-rent makeup of the Athletic Training (AT) profession is only 10% ethnic minorities and with a growing demand for cultural competence in healthcare, the promotion...
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ABSTRACTThe World Health Organization stated that the goal of interprofessional education (IPE) is to prepare students as collaboration-ready members of interprofessional care teams. Educators try to create meaningful and relevant learning experiences for multiple health professions students. A longitudinal Interprofessional Team Seminar (IPTS) cou...
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Background/Rationale: Professional preparation in athletic training (AT) has grown quickly from modest roots based in physical education in the 1960’s to its emergence as a recognized health profession today. The profession has long embraced interprofessional practice (IPP) but many times was not included in discussion of interprofessional educatio...
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Organizations recommend interprofessional education (IPE) as a means of promoting collaborative patient-centered care. In turn, various external accreditors in the health professions have integrated IPE competencies into their standards. However, little is known about how athletic training (AT) and nutrition and dietetics (ND) have incorporated IPE...
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Professional preparation in athletic training has grown from modest roots based in physical education in the 1960s to its emergence as a recognized health profession today. The profession has long embraced interprofessional practice (IPP), but many times has not been included in discussions held at the institutional, governmental, and international...
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Context: The goal of this pilot study was to investigate the relationship between IPE, Athletic Training (AT) students’ attitudes towards interprofessional practice (IPP), and their behaviors in team settings. This study sought to examine whether students who complete a greater number of IPE courses develop more positive attitudes towards IPE and s...
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Wellness in youth sets the stage for health later in life. Chronic diseases such as Type II diabetes and sports injuries such as concussion require an interprofessional approach. In schools where nurses and athletic trainers are both present, many times they act independently. Despite having a common primary care mission and complementary training,...
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Interprofessional Education (IPE) programs intend to integrate both content and process where health professional students learn about, from, and with each other as they work through the content with the goal of creating a “collaboration ready” workforce. This readiness for collaboration lays the foundation for Interprofessional Practice (IPP) whic...
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Wellness in youth sets the stage for health later in life. Chronic diseases such as Type II diabetes and sports injuries such as concussion require an interprofessional approach. In schools where nurses and athletic trainers are both present, many times they act independently. Despite having a common primary care mission and complementary training,...
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The concepts of Interprofessional Education (IPE) in educational preparation of health professionals and Interprofessional Practice (IPP) have been developed to promote team-based patient centered care, reduce medical errors and create a collaboration-ready workforce. The World Health Organization, Health Canada and the Institutes of Medicine have...
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Learning Outcome: Participants will be able to discuss the change in attitudes and perceptions of Nutrition and Dietetics students towards teamwork and IPE Background: A primary goal of IPE is to promote the values and ethics of interprofessional practice, as well as enhance interprofessional communication skills. Collaboration in health care is si...
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Athletic trainers (ATs) are healthcare providers who work in collaboration with physicians, nurses, physical therapists and others to provide care to physically active individuals. Founded in 1950, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) represents certified ATs and other individuals who support the athletic training profession. The Boar...
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Diabetes is a spectrum of medical conditions, characterized by high blood glucose levels, resulting from a body’s inability to produce and/or use insulin. These conditions can be managed successfully, but participation in activity that requires strenuous physical exertion provides additional challenges for the health care provider. Inappropriate ma...
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BACKGROUND: Professional preparation in athletic training (AT) has grown quickly from modest roots based in physical education in the 1960’s to its emergence as a recognized health profession today. The profession has long embraced interprofessional practice (IPP) but many times was not included in discussion of interprofessional education (IPE) at...
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ISSUE: Professional preparation in athletic training (AT) has grown quickly from modest roots based in physical education in the 1960’s to its emergence as a recognized health profession today. The profession has long embraced interprofessional practice (IPP) but many times was not included in discussion of interprofessional education (IPE) at the...
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Improvement in the provision of health care is essential in a complex, diverse and changing system. Studies are beginning to indicate that interprofessional (IP) collaboration can be a means to help address this issue. Institutions that have programs in health professions develop Interprofessional Education (IPE) programs as a way to introduce and...
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Abstract There is increasing acknowledgement that interprofessional education (IPE) holds promise for preparing health professionals as collaborative-ready practitioners. The effects of IPE on learning outcomes are critical in determining the value of such programs. Attitudes are recognized as a significant element in developing behaviors. This stu...
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Introduction:Improved communication and teamwork among healthcare professionals is advocated as a strategy to solve numerous challenges within the health care system, such as allocation of limited resources, poor clinical outcomes, and low job satisfaction. Interprofessional collaboration (IPC), which occurs when multiple health care providers from...
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Interprofessional education (IPE) is defined as an educational process where professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care. (CAIPE 2002). According to the Institute of Medicine (2003), ‘‘All health professionals should be educated to deliver patient centered care as members of an interprofessiona...
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Interprofessional Education (IPE) is defined as occurring “when 2 or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and quality of care”. (CAIPE, 2002) IPE occurs when interprofessional (IP) faculty teams plan, implement and evaluate learning experiences that. Students participating in IP activities represent a mix...
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Context Success on the Board of Certification (BOC) examination is necessary to obtain the Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) credential. First attempt pass rates have historically been an issue in the profession. Objective The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the impact of coping, locus of control, and academic worry on first-attemp...
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Interprofessional education (IPE) is defined as an educational process where professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care. IPE programs aim to give students the opportunities for and the skills in collaboration that these students need as health professionals. Athletic trainers are health profes...
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Background/Rationale A significant volume of literature exists stating the need to enhance the scope and quality of research on the learning outcomes of Interprofessional Education (IPE) and research and the influence of these learning outcomes on improved patient/client health outcomes. We have developed an assessment plan that identifies and link...
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Protein needs for athletes are likely higher than those for the general population. However, athletes may perceive their protein needs to be excessively high. The purpose of this research was to compare collegiate athletes' perceived protein needs and measured protein intake to the recommended protein intake (RDI) for healthy adults (i.e. 0.8 g/kg/...
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Accredited Athletic Training Education programs (ATEPs) are sponsored by over 350 universities and are housed in a variety of academic units ranging from schools of education to schools of health professions. There are advantages to all stakeholders housing ATEPs in schools of health professions. Formed in the 1960s, many of the early ATEPs were ho...
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Athletic Trainers are health professionals who work with health professionals in many disciplines on a regular basis. The educational model for Athletic Training emphasizes exposure to many other health professions. However, there often is very little teamwork between Athletic Training Students and those in other health professions at these institu...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate practices in recruitment, admissions and student services in men's basketball programs at Jesuit institutions that are classified NCAA Division I-AAA. Men's basketball programs look to create environments that allow them to be successful over time. Men's basketball student athletes at these institutions...

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I teach with another faculty member in an "Introduction to Interprofessional Health Care" class with over 200 students from 10 different professional programs.
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I am developing a project involving Athletic Trainers in School Based Health Care, working interprofessionally with nurses and other health professionals.  Can you offer insight?
The following article illustrates some ideas: 
Breitbach AP. Improving School-Based Health Care through a Truly Interprofessional Approach. J J Commun Med. 2015, 1(1): 002.

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The purpose of this study is to get more insight to the intersection of interprofessional collaboration/education in sport science and sports medicine. Your participation in this study will involve completion of anonymous on-line survey and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey is conducted in the English language. The risks to you as a participant are minimal. Access the survey through this link: https://slu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d3St2T3OYQTIGDX
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Embed IPE activity into AT and PT professional program course.
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Scholarly work engaged by the Interprofessional Subcommittee of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) to advocate for interprofessional education and collaborative practice with the goal of system improvement to optimize health and wellness for persons, communities and the overall population.