Document Details

Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Current Trends in Athletic Training Education and Certification in Japan
Author:   Yuriko Ohashi
College:   Education & Human Services
Degree Program:   Physical Science, M.S.
Degree:   Master of Science
Committee Director:   Dr. Dan Martin
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   4/25/2003

Athletic trainer is a well-established profession in the U.S., but its definition is unclear in Japan because of no certification until recently. Japan Amateur Sports Association (JASA) has started in curriculum to prepare, educate and certify athletic trainers since 1994. This study researched the current trends in athletic training education and certification in Japan. It defines the historical and present athletic training situation, and clarifies education and certification with questionnaires. Questionnaires were sent to 43 sports medicine professors at JASA athletic trainer accredited and non-accredited program schools, and 26 (61%) responses were returned. The current problems include lack of clinical settings. JASA athletic trainer certification has had much attention to organize several certifications. It cannot guarantee a profession as an athletic trainer due to lack of recognition of athletic trainers and it is not considered a medical profession. This certification should become more standardized in the Japanese sports medicine field. 

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