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First Responder Policy

UMobile ATEP “First Responder” Policy

When the decision was made to apply for JRC-AT/CAAHEP candidacy in the fall of 2000, the matter of athletic trainer students being utilized as “First Responders” was discussed by the Athletic Training Faculty Committee. It was the decision of that committee to aggressively discourage the utilization of athletic training students in this capacity at any clinical experience site either at the University of Mobile or any other affiliated clinical experience site.

This decision was based on the following:

  1. Lack of supervision by BOC Certified Athletic Trainer.
  2. Very thin line between the duties of a “First Responder” and those of someone practicing the profession of athletic training as defined by the applicable statute (Alabama Athletic Trainers Act).
  3. Possibility that the unsupervised pre-professional or athletic training student could be pressured by athletes or coaches to perform tasks beyond the scope of a “First Responder."
  4. Allowing pre-professional or athletic training students to function in “First Responder” capacity is not in line with UMobile ATEP’s Learning Over Time Philosophy.

However, since the UMobile ATEP cannot prevent a pre-professional or athletic training student from acting in a “First Responder Capacity” if he or she so desires, in the event that a University of Mobile pre-professional or athletic training student should wish to get involved in a situation where he/she would be acting in the capacity of a “First Responder," the following criteria must be met:

  1. The pre-professional or athletic training student must volunteer for the “First Responder” function and must furnish the university Clinical Coordinator a written statement that his/her actions are voluntary.
  2. The pre-professional or athletic training student must inform coaches and athletes involved that he/she is acting in the capacity of a “First Responder” and not as a pre-professional or athletic training student.
  3. The pre-professional or athletic training student must inform coaches and athletes involved that he/she is not functioning under any standing orders of the University of Mobile Team Physician.
  4. The pre-professional or athletic training student must inform coaches and athletes involved that the University of Mobile liability insurance policy does not cover his/her actions while acting in the capacity of a “First Responder."
  5. The pre-professional or athletic training student must review and sign a form stating that he/she understands the provisions of the Alabama Athletic Trainer’s Licensure Act and that he/she understands the role limitations while acting as a “First Responder."

For the purposes of this policy, “First Responder” status shall be defined as “a pre-professional student or athletic training student providing care to patients or athletes while not under the direct supervision of a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer or other duly authorized medical professional."

This policy has been published in the University of Mobile Athletic Training Education Program Policies and Procedures Manual, appears on the University of Mobile Athletic Training Education website and has also been furnished to all Preceptors working with the Program during Preceptor Training.