Every major department of a university has policies and procedures that they have in place and follow to ensure efficient operations, which are documented in a manual. Bowling Green State University’s (BGSU) Sports Medicine department had been through three Head Athletic Trainers in five years since last updating their manual. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) has a code of ethics, Position statements, and standards of practice that all athletic trainers should follow. In the state of Ohio, athletic training students have strict guidelines in place by the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Board that are updated on a frequent basis to coincide with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) that should also be included in the current policies and procedures manual. If these laws are not updated in the BGSU manual, legal action could be taken. In addition, many of the NATA Position Statements pertaining to health and safety of BGSU’s college athletes, will be added into this manual. Not only will this new manual have updates that follow all of the updated standards of athletic training, but also will be more economical and efficient. The manual will have hyperlinks from the Table of Contents to each section, along with all necessary sports medicine documents with explanations on how to properly fill them out. When gaining new staff members frequently through graduate assistantships, it is important that all new staff can quickly learn how the sports medicine department is run. Overall, this new BGSU Sports Medicine Department Staff Policy and Procedures Manual will be a real credit to our program.
Small, Randi, "Staff Policy and Procedures Manual" (2015). Masters of Education in Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies Graduate Projects. 20.