Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine - Athletic Training
4 Year Degree
The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Department of Athletics, located in the Alaska Airlines Center, is a diverse division designed to assist student-athletes in meeting their academic and athletic goals through the University's intercollegiate athletic program within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) guidelines and to provide all UAA students the opportunity for physical development through the recreational sports program on the Anchorage campus.
The department's mission is to support the educational mission of the University of Alaska Anchorage; to protect and promote the safety, health and wellbeing of our student-athletes; guide and support our student-athletes in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence; produce graduates and honorable citizens; and be actively engaged in our University community.
Please visit www.GoSeawolves.com to find out more about UAA Department of Athletics and www.anchorage.net for more about Anchorage, Alaska.
To apply, please complete the application, include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three (3) professional references.
Minimum Starting Biweekly Pay: $1,888.00
Contract length - 9 months
Note to Applicant: A background check release of information form must be completed and all results must be satisfactory as a condition of employment. The University of Alaska Anchorage will not be sponsoring any visas for this position. If a degree is disclosed, official transcripts showing the highest degree earned will be required.
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, respecting the privacy of the patient/client.
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). 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.
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, 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. Design and implement 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, respecting the privacy of the patient/client.
Perform other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor, Associate Directors and/or the Director of Athletics.
An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educational institution.
Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.
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; diplomacy; personnel procedures and regulations. Ability to work evenings, weekends, and occasional holidays. Ability to travel.
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, WCHA, etc.) rules and regulations preferred.
Four years relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Prefer experience with insurance plan coordination & medical bill monitoring. Prefer experience with UAA specific sports & high risk sports.
Typical Education or Training:
Required: 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) Certified. NATABOC (National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification). State of Alaska Athletic Training Licensure or completion within 30 days of the job start date. 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.
Preferred: Master's Degree. Experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer at the collegiate level.
Internal Number: 513716
About Department of Athletics, University of Alaska Anchorage
The UAA Athletics Department is a diverse division designed to assist student-athletes in meeting their academic and athletic goals through the University's intercollegiate athletic program within the National Collegiate Athletic Association(NCAA) guidelines and to provide all University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) students the opportunity for physical development through the recreational sports program on the Anchorage campus.
Please visit www.GoSeawolves.com to find out more about UAA Athletics and www.anchorage.net for more about Anchorage, Alaska.