Teaching over Time
In order for the athletic training student to successfully complete each proficiency and progress through the clinical education, the clinical preceptor must challenge them to become efficient and masterful to only a level they are prepared. The clinical preceptor must be aware of the educational background of the student and their level of competency. We cannot expect a student to successfully complete a shoulder evaluation if they have not learned the anatomy, pathology, and evaluation techniques of the shoulder. On the other hand, it is important to remember that students will not retain what they do not actively practice. Therefore, the clinical preceptor should challenge the athletic training student and hold them accountable for any and all previously mastered proficiency. Listed below is a general outline of acquired knowledge for the clinical preceptor to use as a quick reference for athletic training student expectations.