Abstract Requirements

Abstracts requested for the ALATA CSMM fall into one of the following 4 categories: 1) Original Research (trial, survey, mixed-methods, or qualitative) 2) Critically Appraised Topic, 3) Clinical Practice Recommendation, and 4) Laboratory/Workshop for Practice Enhancement. The author is responsible for determining the most appropriate category for structuring their abstract. Authors should choose the format that seems to best fit and present their data or case study.


Category Descriptions:

1) Original Research: This includes survey, qualitative, or mixed-methods research. It must be present findings about healthcare issues related to the Athletic Training profession. These may include systematic reviews and meta-analyses conducted by the speaker.

2) Critically Appraised Topic: Should present the best available evidence to answer a focused clinical question using publications from the prior 10 years (preferably 5 years) summarizing 3 to 8 published manuscripts.

3) Clinical Practice Recommendation: Should present an innovative clinical practice including published evidence on why the practice is recommended and its benefits over standard alternatives to that practice.

4) Laboratory/Workshop for Practice Enhancement: This abstract should summarize activities of a laboratory/workshop including the skills that should be obtained and the evidence behind the need for those skills.

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