Certified Athletic Trainer

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

The work is performed in coordination with the Soldier Readiness Test & Training Program (SRT2P) team at designated United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) locations and in the local Military Treatment Facility (MTF). The Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) shall work under the clinical supervision of the SRT2P physical therapist or designated privileged provider with oversight and supervision by the Brigade (BDE) Surgeon or designated medical provider. Function as an integrated member of a BN-based multi-disciplinary team focused on optimizing military mission readiness and performance through medical availability and task specific performance by supporting basic acute care, injury control, and performance optimization. The ATC will be required to observe Battalion (BN) specific training events (e.g., shooting ranges, obstacle courses, combatives training). Be physically able to hike in austere environment and terrain (i.e. rocky, no running water, no shelter, no bathroom, no climate control, inclement weather, loud, smoky) while carrying their own backpack with necessary supplies. Be physically able to lift and manipulate loads and weight plates up to 45 pounds.

DESCRIPTION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

The candidate must...

  • Possess any relevant Bachelor's Degree with four years of experience (during the last five years), OR 
  • Possess any relevant Master's Degree with two years of experience (during the last five years)

DESCRIPTION CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

The candidate must...

  • Have passed the examination for the Athletic Trainer Board of Certification (BOC)
  • Possess current and valid credentials as Athletic Trainer, Certified (ATC)
  • Possess current, active, valid unrestricted license in any of the 50 Unites States, the District of Colombia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Possess Basic Life Support (BLS) certification with automated external defibrillators (AED) certification through the American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers

DESCRIPTION OF TASKS:

The candidate shall...

  • Provide “Bridging” Services (i.e., services that transition individuals from injury and illness recovery/rehabilitation to full task-specific performance optimization): The contractor, as an integrated member of the SRT2P team, shall:
  • Screen target population for conditions related to readiness and deployability, within scope of practice as defined by the NATA and refer as appropriate and in accordance with standard operating procedures.
  • Provide services within scope of practice that do not require privileging and/or as stipulated by MEDCOM policies. Examples of services limited to privileged providers include, but are not limited to, dry needling/acupuncture, cupping, blood flow restriction, prescribing medications, and ordering laboratory and radiology imaging studies and would therefore not be authorized services to be performed by the ATC.
  • Provide education, instruction, and guidance to Soldiers and BN leadership, within scope of practice and as determined by team leadership that is integrated with SRT2P team efforts and synchronized with BN training calendar, to include generating training materials to support the BN mission requirements and the Commander’s intent.
  • Provide ATC supplies and equipment recommendations to the SRT2P team for approval by BN SRT2P Coordinator. Apply, evaluate and modify prophylactic and protective equipment and techniques for Soldiers to minimize the risk of injury or re-injury per BN requisitioning procedures. Provide feedback to SRT2P team regarding ATC supplies and equipment utilization and needs.
  • ATC shall use the electronic DA Form 3349, Physical Profile (i.e. eProfile system) to document functional limitations up to 7 days, with no more than an additional 7 day extension. Paper profiling may only be used if the eProfile system is non-functional. Conditions requiring more than 14 days of physical limitations for the same condition require a referral to a privileged provider.
  • Coordinate with SRT2P team to develop and execute approved training programs for Soldiers with and without physical limitations.
  • Attend BN physical training sessions in order to assess safety, optimize injury control, improve physical performance and provide feedback to SRT2P team.
  • Perform limited evaluations (e.g., all regions except for spine) at the discretion of the BN Physical Therapist
  • Coordinate injury control programs as prescribed by SRT2P Physical Therapist and/or in accordance with MEDCOM/ Defense Health Agency (DHA) policies, standard operating procedures, and clinical practice guidelines.
  • Participate in periodic and routine meetings with the assigned SRT2P Physical Therapist to review and evaluate the injury control services provided to Soldiers, discuss medical issues of concern that affect safe and appropriate Soldier care, identify existing problems, identify opportunities to improve delivered care, and provide recommendations for corrective action.
  • Document in the Soldier’s official electronic health record any encounter involving the observation, treatment or care of a medical condition in accordance with Army Regulation 40-66, Medical Records Administration and Health Care Documentation.
  • Furnish data and reports, and make all records available for contract surveillance review upon request as requested by the BN SRT2P Coordinator.
  • Participate as a contributing member of the SRT2P team on issues related to injury control, sport medicine, and bridging individuals between injury and illness recovery/rehabilitation.
  • Conduct ATC-specific equipment, product, and literature reviews to assist SRT2P team in incorporating emerging best practices.
  • Participate in quarterly peer review of ATCs documentation in the health care records.
  • Attend and participate (i.e. answer questions, provide updates/presentations, receive Commander’s intent) in meetings with other SRT2P team members and BN leadership as requested and/or required. 
  • Ensure safe and effective operation of equipment used for patient care and contribute to a safe working environment.
  • Attend and follow mandatory Government training in accordance with Army regulations, MTF and BN policies. Maintain copies of all training, certificates, licenses, etc., in a competency assessment file (CAF) that is easily accessible when requested by a government employee. Refer to Exhibit 7 for example of CAF checklist.
  • Perform clinical, administrative, and other tasks, within the scope of the ATC position description or as assigned by the SRT2P Physical Therapist or BN SRT2P Coordinator.
  • Collect and report data as requested/required by the SRT2P Physical Therapist or BN SRT2P Coordinator.

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