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SPATS Lecture Proposal Guidelines

All proposals must be submitted electronically through the VATA website. Mailed or faxed submissions will not be considered. Proposal submissions must avoid any affiliation with a commercial product or service. Proposals must be complete and accurate with confirmed topic and list of speakers. Incomplete and/or proposals submitted after December 31 will not be reviewed or considered. Please contact Natali Coronado, SPATS Program and Speakers Coordinator at spats.program@vatargv.org regarding any questions. Each submission will undergo review by the SPATS Committee.

  • Presentation Information

    • Title of session

    • Presentation length (must be 60 minutes)

    • Domain(s) of athletic training that the presentation pertains to (I, II, III, IV, V)

    • Level of presentation (Essential, Advanced, Mastery)

    • Needs Analysis- answers the question “Why do athletic trainers need to learn this information?”

    • Abstract (100 words or less)

    • State the Learning objectives of the session (at least three)

      • The objectives should follow best practice for learning objective construction (i.e., “At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to…” and use Bloom’s Taxonomy Action Verbs, you may find examples at this link

      • Avoid “understand” ,“appreciate”, “Comprehend”

      • Three keywords (not in the title) that best describe the focus of the proposal

      • Three to five references/sources (e.g. peer reviewed publications) that support the content of the presentation

    • Educational Materials- PowerPoint, videos, lab

    • Expected Outcomes

· Speaker Information

– Name & Credentials

– Title or position of speaker

– Affiliation (or place of employment): name & address

– Contact information: Email, phone

– CV for uploading (word document or pdf)

The deadline for submission is December 31. If you have any questions please contact Natali Coronado at spats.program@vatargv.org

 

Evidence Based Presentations

Individuals interested in presenting a topic for EBP approval, must submit either a foundational or clinical presentation proposal. EBP foundational presentations should enhance the athletic trainer’s understanding and implementation of EBP, while EBP clinical presentations should address the presentation topic using the best available evidence.  In addition, if one’s EBP presentation proposal is accepted by the VATA, the author(s) must work with the VATA SPATS committee in submitting and securing BOC EBP course approval.

EBP Proposal abstracts should include the following:

For Foundational EBP Proposals:

  1. Identify the knowledge, competency, and/or performance gap(s) to be addressed by this program. Provide references that support your position.

  2. State the learning objectives of this session.  Objectives should follow best practice for learning objective construction (e.g. Bloom’s Taxonomy, Writing Learning Objectives).

  3. Identify the primary question(s) this program is intended to answer, including an explanation of how the content is relevant to evidence based athletic training practice.

  4. Provide a list of at least 5 contemporary references that address the primary question or establish the knowledge gap.

  5. Explain the pedagogy, teaching, and/or learning strategies that will be employed in the session and how the program will close the participants’ knowledge, competency, and/or practice gap.

For Clinical EBP Proposals:

  1. Identify the knowledge, competency and/or performance gap(s) to be addressed by this program.  Provide references that support your position.

  2. State the learning objectives of this session.  Objectives should reflect the evidence-based nature of the program, and should follow best practice for learning objective construction (e.g. Bloom’s Taxonomy, Writing Learning Objectives).

  3. Identify the primary clinical question(s) this program is intended to answer (in either PICO or PIO format.)
      • Patient/Population (Who or What?)
      • Intervention (How?) 
      • Comparison (What is the main alternative?) 
      • Outcome (What are you trying to accomplish, measure, improve, effect?)

  4. Provide at least 5 references supporting your clinical question(s).

  5. Identify how previous experience or clinician expertise will be integrated throughout the program

  6. Identify the preliminary conclusions that are supported by the evidence in terms of their relevance to the clinical question(s) identified above.

  7. Identify the clinical bottom line for this program. (The clinical bottom line differs from preliminary conclusions in that it should provide clinical practice recommendations for the primary topic of this program. Recommendations may be made on issues such as financial implications, equipment needs, practicality of implementation, and applicability to various patient populations, etc.)

  8. Explain the pedagogy, teaching, and/or learning strategies that will be employed in the session and how the program will close the participants’ knowledge, competency, and/or practice gap.

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