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Assistant Athletic Trainer
Are you ready to join a collegial athletic training team that operates out of a state of the art sports medicine facility? The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Seawolf Athletics is seeking applicants to join our team as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. The UAA Seawolf athletic program is a multidivisional member of the NCAA, with 13 teams competing at the Division I and Division II levels.
Treatment and Rehabilitation: Select, apply and evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions using evidence-based practices to guide decisions (e.g., manual therapy, stretching, strengthening exercises, proprioceptive activities, agility training, cardiovascular training, sports specific training, therapeutic modalities, etc.). Recommend, fit and apply braces, splints and assistive devices to facilitate the patient/client recovery. Assess the patient/client functional status, interpret the results and determine ability to return to activity. Recognize the role of medications in recovery process. Provide patient/client education necessary to facilitate recovery.
Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis: Perform a comprehensive examination of the patient/client with an orthopedic injury or medical condition (e.g., medical history, physical examination, differential diagnosis, referral). Create a treatment plan. Communicate nature of examination and treatment plan to patient/client and other involved health care personnel, adhering to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines in all forms of communication.
Organizational and Professional Health and Well-Being: Use evidence-based practices and the needs of the patient/client to guide care. Ensure compliance with state and federal law and accrediting agencies' policies related to the delivery of health care (e.g., HIPAA, FERPA, OSHA). Assist with maintaining all athletic training room locations located on and off UAA campus. Maintain medical records that meet legal and regulatory standards. Abide by federal, state, and local regulations for the proper storage, transportation, dispensing, and documentation of commonly used medications. Assist with developing and implementing policies and procedures related to NCAA best practices/consensus statements, NATA guidelines, conference/league membership guidelines, university guidelines and the operations of a university sports medicine facility (e.g., emergency action plan, concussion management plan, mental health policy, risk management plan, operations manual, etc.). Assist with inventory and purchasing annual medical supplies/equipment (disposable and non-disposable). Coordinate annual maintenance checks on all medical equipment. Annual completion and submission of athletic training continuing education units. Collect patient/client primary, secondary and tertiary insurance plan information, submit medical claims and monitor/track medical bills associated with athletic related injuries. Complete all assigned training to meet the requirements of the position in the specified period.
Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection: Assess patient/client to screen for potential injuries/illnesses or risk factors that would increase their risk of injury/illness (e.g., pre-participation examination, concussion baseline assessment, initial health history, orthopedic evaluation, mental health screening, body composition, sickle cell trait). Assist with designing and implementing conditioning programs (flexibility, strength, cardiovascular fitness) to reduce the risk of injury and illness. Implement current emergency action plans to ensure medical personnel are prepared in an emergency situation. Obtain and interpret environmental (e.g., ambient temperature, relative humidity, heat index, lightning) and patient/client data (e.g., hydration status) to make appropriate recommendations for patient/client safety and the continuance or suspension of activity. Educate patients/clients, and coaches on the importance of acclimatization and fluid and electrolyte balance in the prevention of heat illness. Inspect facilities to ensure they are free of hazards, are sanitary, and that equipment is maintained properly. Select, apply, evaluate and modify prophylactic and protective equipment and other custom devices for patients/clients to minimize the risk of injury or re-injury. Educate and advise patients/clients regarding proper nutrition and physical activity. Educate patients/clients, coaches, administrators on signs/symptoms of concussions and athletic department concussion management plan.
Immediate and Emergency Care: Perform an initial assessment of the patient/client to determine his/her level of consciousness and the severity of the condition. Implement appropriate emergency injury and illness management strategies following a pre-established emergency action plan (e.g., CPR, AED, splinting, use of spine board, control of bleeding, control of body temperature, use of epinephrine for anaphylaxis, etc.). Perform a secondary assessment and employ the appropriate management strategies for non-life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Formulate a differential diagnosis based on the results of the initial and/or secondary assessment(s). Communicate the nature of the injury or illness and the resulting treatment plan to the patient/client and other involved health care personnel, adhering to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines in all forms of communication.
Perform other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor, Senior Associate/Associate Directors and/or the Director of Athletics.
The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Department of Athletics, located in the Alaska Airlines Center and the Seawolf Sports Complex, is committed to building and supporting a diverse division focused first and foremost of assisting all Seawolf student-athletes in meeting their academic and athletic goals and preparing each for entering the work force and making a positive contribution to her/his community following their years at UAA. Seawolf Athletics strives to do so through the University's intercollegiate athletic program as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
UAA Athletics Mission
- We support the educational mission of the University of Alaska Anchorage.
- We protect and promote the safety, health, and wellness of our Student-Athletes.
- We guide and support our Student-Athletes in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.
- We strive to produce honorable graduates and citizens.
- We are actively engaged in our Community.
Please visit www.uaa.alaska.edu for more information on the University, www.GoSeawolves.com for specific UAA Athletics information, and www.anchorage.net for more about Anchorage, Alaska.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
- Knowledge and skills pertaining to written and verbal communication; teaching and counseling; problem solving; technical computer application; collaborating in verbal and written form; conflict resolution strategies; accounting; record keeping; supervising; evaluating; interpersonal and diplomacy.
- Ability to travel. Ability to work evenings, weekends, and occasional holidays.
- Knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive patient care in the five domains of clinical practice: prevention; clinical evaluation and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care; treatment and rehabilitation; and organization and professional health and well-being.
- Knowledge, skills, clinical abilities, professional behaviors and proficiencies in the following areas identified within athletic training education competencies: evidence-based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injury and illness, therapeutic interventions, psycho-social strategies and referrals, health care administration, and professional development and responsibility.
- Knowledge of National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Role Delineation Study and NATA best practices required.
- General knowledge of applicable National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and various conference (e.g., GNAC, MPSF, RMISA, etc.) rules and regulations preferred.
Four years relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Required Education or Training:
Bachelor's degree with an academic major (or graduate equivalent major program) that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
NATABOC (National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification).
State of Alaska Athletic Training Licensure or completion within 30 days of the job start date.
GNAC and NCAA required learning modules completed within 30 days of the job start date and/or before having contact/meeting with student-athletes, whichever date is sooner.
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) certification or certification completion within 30 days of the job start date.
Applicant must possess an unrestricted Alaska driver's license (and CDL with endorsements as required) or be able to obtain an unrestricted Alaska driver's license within 60 days of accepting the job. In addition, the applicant must meet UAA's safe driving criteria.
Experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer at the collegiate level.
This is a full-time, 10-month, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 78, based on education and experience.
UA provides a generous compensation package that includes excellent benefits including retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.
Review of applicants will begin immediately, to ensure full consideration you must apply before 11:55pm, May 1, 2023.
To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.
The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.
UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.
Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.
If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Kristin Warren, UAA Athletics HR Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (907) 786-1233.
Applications Close: 15 May 2023
To apply, visit: https://careers.alaska.edu/en-us/job/523841/assistant-athletic-trainer
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