Become an Athletic Trainer Specialized in Orthopaedics

The Steadman Clinic Athletic Training Residency will give you the edge to become a specialist in Orthopaedics. Our residency focuses on immersive and hands-on experience. You will achieve direct patient experience expanding your knowledge of Orthopaedic conditions. Not only will you expand your clinical assessment skills, knowledge of surgery and increase your knowledge of related general medical conditions, but our residency will help you gain eligibility to sit for the BOC specialty certification in Orthopaedics. You can use your specialization in Orthopaedics in every setting of athletic training to increase your value to future employers!

Check out more information on the BOC Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics (BSC-O).
What Does a Residency Trained Athletic Trainer Specialized in Orthopaedics Know and Do?
They have advanced medical knowledge and skills to:
  • Interview patients of different populations on general medical issues and orthopaedic conditions Formulate a systematic approach to a comprehensive physical examination
  • Use evidence-based decision making to support the use of special test and diagnostic tools to determine an accurate diagnosis
  • Synthesize the findings on diagnostic imaging to support a diagnosis
  • Educate patients of different populations on general medical issues and orthopaedic conditions and describe outcomes of interventions
  • Within a healthcare team, create and implement the plan of care for a wide-spectrum of orthopaedic conditions
They have advanced procedural knowledge and skills to:
  • Perform and assist with surgical and procedural interventions
  • Recognize and educate patients in physiological healing after an intervention, procedural
  • complications, and pain management
  • Perform a safe and proper set-up for a patient undergoing a surgery/procedure
They have advanced professional practices that:
  • Engage a patient-centered and value-based practice that enhances patient care and patient outcomes
  • Utilizes best practices in Orthopaedic billing, coding, and insurance
  • Enhances clinical practice to contain patient and healthcare systems costs
Examples of Clinical Responsibilities
  • Interpretation of diagnostic imaging (x-ray, MRI, CT, Ultrasound, EMG)
  • Competent evaluation and diagnostic skills
  • Special testing for orthopaedic injuries and disorders
  • Wide knowledge of differential diagnosis seen outside of athletic populations
  • Cast/splint/brace application
  • Apply wound closures
  • Prepare grafts for surgery
  • Assist in the OR
  • Describe surgical anatomy
  • Ability to code and bill for clinic and surgery
  • Dictate clinical notes
  • Describe fracture classifications and treatment
  • Describe surgical intervention and techniques
  • Describe therapeutic interventions of medication and injectables
  • Determine appropriate rehabilitation and treatment
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