Abstract

As the athletic training profession continues to embrace evidence-based practice, athletic trainers should not only critically appraise the best available evidence, but also effectively translate it into clinical practice to optimize patient outcomes. While previous research has investigated the effectiveness of educational interventions on increasing knowledge of critical appraisal of evidence, little attention has been given to strategies for both researchers and clinicians to effectively translate evidence into clinical practice. The use of knowledge translation strategies has potential to bridge the knowledge-to-practice gap, which could lead to reduced health costs, improved patient outcomes, and enhanced quality of care. The purpose of this paper is to 1) highlight current challenges prohibiting successful translation of evidence into practice, 2) discuss knowledge translation and describe conceptual frameworks behind effectively translating evidence into practice, and 3) identify considerations for athletic trainers as they continue to provide high quality patient care in an evidence-based manner.

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