Professional Ethics in Athletic Training: Practicing and Leading With Integrity, Second Edition

Gretchen Schlabach, PhD, ATC; Kimberly S. Peer, EdD, AT, FNATA
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A comprehensive textbook for athletic training students, educators, and practitioners, Professional Ethics in Athletic Training: Practicing and Leading With Integrity, Second Edition provides a framework for understanding and applying ethical principles across the career span of an athletic training professional.

Esteemed authors Gretchen A. Schlabach and Kimberly S. Peer explain the necessity of practicing and leading with integrity across one’s athletic training career. The text explores issues related to cultural competence and professional behavior as well as ethical leadership and decision-making skills that both inform and transcend the athletic training profession.

Each chapter is accompanied by frameworks that lead to both analysis and awareness of legal statutes, ethical principles, regulatory practice acts, and professional practice standards that encourage responsible reasoning and conduct. Contemporary journal articles can also be found in every chapter to help readers make connections between content and clinical practice. The text also includes assessment tools, sample models for ethical decision making, writing about moral issues, and sample course design and delivery for teaching ethics. 

Included in the instructor’s materials are nearly 50 cases to promote critical thinking as well as learning activities for each chapter. Instructors in educational settings can visit for additional materials to be used for teaching in the classroom. 

Covering all levels of ethical practice—from the entry-level student to the experienced athletic trainer—Professional Ethics in Athletic Training synthesizes and integrates ethical theory and practical application for those who practice and lead with integrity.

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About the Authors

Preface to the Second Edition


Chapter 1     The Profession: Defining and Understanding Professional Ethics

Chapter 2     Developing Integrity: Awakening the Conscience

Chapter 3     The Preprofessional Student: Practicing With Personal Integrity

Chapter 4     The Professional Student: Practicing With Professional Integrity

Chapter 5     The Young Professional: Practicing With Professional Integrity

Chapter 6     Leading With Integrity

Chapter 7     Understanding and Developing Ethical Leadership

Chapter 8     The Test of Ethical Leadership

Chapter 9     Developing Leadership for a Lifetime

Chapter 10   Leading With Integrity in Education


About the Editors

Gretchen A. Schlabach, PhD, ATC graduated Ithaca College (Ithaca, New York) with a BS and Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana) with an MS. Her initial position was a 1-year appointment at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Michigan). That was followed by an 8-year stint at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss; Oxford, Mississippi) where she served as the first Head Women’s Athletic Trainer. After completing her doctoral work in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, Dr. Schlabach entered the professoriate and accepted the Program Directorship at Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois). After 23 years, she retired and was recognized by Northern Illinois University with the professor emerita status. In 2020, Dr. Schlabach could not refuse an opportunity to join Florida International University’s Doctor of Athletic Training program as an adjunct lecturer and courtesy professor.

Dr. Schlabach’s professional scholarship and service has been in the area of professional ethics, values, and responsibility in athletic training, which has been disseminated at the state, national, and international levels. Currently, she is the founding chair of the inaugural National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Professional Responsibility in Athletic Training Committee, which promotes awareness, analysis, action, and adherence relative to legal, ethical, regulatory, and professional standards issues in athletic training. Dr. Schlabach has been recognized with the NATA Athletic Training Service Award, Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, and the Gail Weldon Award of Excellence. In 2019, she was inducted into the prestigious NATA Hall of Fame.

Kimberly S. Peer, EdD, ATC, FNATA is a full professor at Kent State University where she serves as the Program Coordinator for the BS in athletic training and MSAT. Dr. Peer holds an adjunct graduate faculty appointment at Northeast Ohio College of Medicine (Rootstown, Ohio) and teaches at the College of Podiatric Medicine at Kent State University. She holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration with a cognate in Health Care Management from the University of Akron (Akron, Ohio). Dr. Peer served as the editor-in-chief for the Athletic Training Education Journal and serves on the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Ethics Committee as well as the NATA Committee on Professional Ethics. Her national contributions include service to the Board of Certification, NATA, Journal of Athletic Training, and the NATA Research and Education Foundation in multiple capacities. Her statewide service includes the Governor’s appointment to the Ohio Licensure Board and over 12 years of service to the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association. Dr. Peer has been lauded with national, regional, and state level awards for her contributions to the profession and athletic training education, including, but not limited to, the NATA Fellow and Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, and Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Outstanding Educator. Dr. Peer was recently selected to serve on the inaugural cabinet for the NATA Educationalist Community. In addition to her extensive service, Dr. Peer has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and delivered over 135 international, national, and district conference presentations while coauthoring 3 textbooks on athletic training.