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Technical Standards Requirements for Athletic Training

In addition to the requirements stated in the application procedures for entry into the Otterbein University Athletic Training Program, you will also need to submit documentation of satisfactory qualifications illustrating that you are physically and mentally qualified to participate in the expected athletic training academic and clinical requirements.

Physical Examination

In order to accomplish the aforementioned requirements, you will need to complete a physical, which is part of the entrance requirements to Otterbein University.  Otterbein will also review your immunization record for completeness. Students may opt out of vaccines by signing a waiver. At that time of formal acceptance into the program, students will be reminded of the academic and physical demands of the program and can freely discuss any concerns or needs for accommodations with the appropriate medical personnel. 

In the event that accommodations are necessary, you and athletic training program personnel will coordinate the necessary needs.

Expectations in the Athletic Training Program:

Physical Demands
As a potential athletic training student, you should be aware of the physical and mental requirements needed to pass the academic and clinical components of the Athletic Training Education Program. If you are unable to pass the physical requirements, you will be unable to pass the national certification exam required to become a Certified Athletic Trainer.

If you have physical limitations that may prevent you from completing the clinical component of the program, written permission from a physician must be provided to ensure that you can perform the required physical duties in a safe manner. This can be completed at the time you complete your physical examination with the Team Physician.

Some physical demands include:

  • Transporting injured athletes from the field.
  • Carrying heavy 10-gallon water containers.
  • Carrying heavy medical kits.
  • Completing physical testing procedures of muscles and ligaments to all body joints, etc.
  • Completing all taping procedures in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Running across uneven field surfaces in a reasonable amount of time to care for emergency situations.
  • Assist in lifting injured athletes and carrying said athlete for a short distance so they are out of harms way.
  • Be able to perform CPR and First Aid procedures.

Additionally, as a member of the Otterbein University medical staff, you should be aware of the confidential nature of medical files and circumstances that you will experience.

All medical information that is presented to you must be kept and handled in a confidential manner. You must understand that you will be placed in the position where the athletes you are caring for may come to you in confidence regarding their health issues.

Cognitive and Communication Abilities
The Athletic Training Program contains rigorous coursework that, at times, may give the sense of feeling mentally overloaded with too much to learn and/or too many responsibilities to handle.

In addition, you will be expected to demonstrate the ability to analyze, think critically, synthesize, and integrate information both from previous athletic trainings courses and within the current athletic training course so you may be able to collectively apply the knowledge you are acquiring.

In the case where you feel overburdened with any academic expectation, you are strongly encouraged to contact your academic advisor and/or preceptor to develop a plan to handle the academic and/or clinical requirements of the Athletic Training Program. Every effort will be made to ensure your academic success. Please note that a minimum of a 2.75 GPA at Otterbein is required to enter the Athletic Training Program.

You will also be expected to demonstrate and acquire interpersonal skills, which are appropriate for the many different personal and professional situations that you may encounter during your educational processes. Likewise, you must be able to demonstrate the ability to speak and write the English language in order to complete the requirements of the Athletic Training Program.

Requesting Special Needs
At the time of admission to the University, if you feel that you need special accommodations in order to complete the Athletic Training Program, you may do so on the advice of the Team Physician, Athletic Training Program Director, Clinical Education Coordinator and/or Head Athletic Trainer of Otterbein University.

All potential needs will be designed in accordance with institutional standards and academic policies. You may contact the Academic Dean's office at any time if you wish to discuss available academic support services that are offered at the University.

As stated in the Athletic Training Student Manual, you are also required to have a complete immunization record. This is the same requirement of students and the immunization record should be complete at the time that the physical examination is submitted with your application.

Upon admission to the Athletic Training Program you will be given the technical standards statement of the program, and you will be required to sign and date the statement. A signature will indicate that you fully understand the physical and cognitive requirements of the program.

Student wishing to enter the Athletic Training Program who have either a physical or cognitive disability will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine the degree of accommodations that must be made in order to comply with the demands of the Athletic Training Program. Accommodations may take the form of physical help or accommodations from faculty, staff, and students; assigning a tutor or academic help through the Academic Support Center; or other means to seek the health, safety, and academic success of each athletic training student.

/ Department of Health and Sport Sciences

Annette Boose
Rike Center
p / 614.823.3528
e / aharting@otterbein.edu


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