INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES DISCUSSED AT ATEC

CAATE AND NATA INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE LEADERS MEET WITH FACULTY FROM THE BLANQUERNA SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES, RAMON LLULL UNIVERSITY AND FOOTBALL CLUB BARCELONA

 

International Picture

Pictured from Left to Right: Mark Gibson, MS, ATC, PT (Chair, NATA International Committee and Chair,Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Wisconsin Lacrosse); Toni Bové, PT (Fisio Terapia); Micki Cuppett, EdD, ATC (CAATE Executive Director); Myriam Guerra Balic, MD, PhD (Professor of Sport Science, Ramon Llull University); Gil Rodas Font, MD, PhD (Director of Medical Services, Football Club Barcelona); Jordi Vilaró PT, PhD (Vice Dean of Research, Postgraduate Studies and International Relations, Blanquerna School of Health Sciences. Ramon Llull University); Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA (CAATE Commissioner responsible for International Initiatives, Professor & Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, A. T. Still University)

International education was discussed at length between leaders from the CAATE, the NATA International Committee, and faculty from the Blanquerna School of Health Sciences, Ramon Llull University and Football Club Barcelona, in Barcelona, Spain.  The Blanquerna School of Health Sciences, Ramon Llull University and Football Club Barcelona are partnering to offer a Master in Team Sports Physical Therapy and are exploring the process of developing a professional Athletic Training Program that would pursue CAATE accreditation.  Mark Gibson, Chair of the NATA International Committee, made the initial contact with the group from Barcelona and quickly realized their potential and capacity to pursue CAATE accreditation.  Subsequently, he invited a team to attend the NATA Athletic Training Educators’ Conference in Dallas, TX.  Several meetings were held over three days spanning high level strategic considerations down to reviewing individual accreditation standards and discussing strategies for promoting the expansion of the athletic training profession and athletic training education internationally.  All agreed that this was an important meeting with significant potential for advancing what, for many, has been a long time dream to see athletic training education programs expand outside of the U.S.  According to Dr. Eric Sauers, who heads the CAATE’s international initiative, “This is an exciting development. The team from Barcelona has all the resources and expertise to develop an outstanding Athletic Training Program.  We are very excited about the potential to expand our quality assurance processes internationally and look forward to continuing this collaboration.”