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February 06, 2015
Athletic Trainers using iPads in the Classroom and for Evaluations

Many Athletic Training majors in the Department of Health Sciences are now using iPads as part of their major course and clinical training.  One such example includes students enrolled in “Evaulation and Assessment of Athletic Injuries” taught by Clinical Faculty member Birgid Hopkins.  Students in the course are assigned a specific injury to research and create a treatment plan for.  The students work in small teams to create and share their work in an iBook, which is shared with the class on a large wall mounted television screen in the lab.  With the iBook app, the students are able to highlight, write, and type notes into the document.  The app even turns the students’ notes into study cards for later use.

“This class loves it,” says sophomore Athletic Training major Jordan Sullivan, “You can use photos of the injuries, highlight important points, present and share, and have everything in one place.  It’s great to study from.”

Using the iPads has allowed Ms. Hopkins and other clinical faculty to increase student engagement in her classes.  The result is a very interactive calss format that can accommodate a number of learning styles.  Integration of audio and video components into lectures further adds to the student experience.

“We are learning a lot about the capabilities and applications of the iPad to the health science profession,” says Hopkins, who piloted the use of iPads in the classroom as part of the Mobile Merrimack initiative.

In addition to using the iPads in class and labs, the Athletic Training students and clinicians have been using the iPads in the training room in care of student athletes.  Once all in paper format, files and records are now electronic, which allows for rapid accessibility and convenience.  For example, when an athlete comes in for treatment, the student trainer can simply log into the record system, pull up their file, and make the necessary notes. 

“In all health professions, digital record keeping and documentation makes sense,” says another student in Hopkins’ lab, “it’s portable and keeps records organized.” 

The benefits of using Mobile technology in the classroom and the training room are evident - it’s a win-win for the students and the health science professions.  

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