Islam & Athletics: Providing Culturally Competent Care for Muslim Athletes


Islam & Athletics: Providing Culturally Competent Care for Muslim Athletes




Wednesday, June 5, 2013


11:00am – 12:15 CST


$15 for NATA members / $25 for non-members


Jennifer Dix, MS, ATC, LMT
Cleveland Clinic Foundation


Jennifer earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Combined Sciences at Youngstown State University in 1995 and her Masters degree in Sports Administration at Mississippi State University in 1998. There she worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer to the Mississippi State University Football team. She later went on to work as an Assistant Athletic trainer as Western Michigan University before returning home to Cleveland, OH. She is currently  employed by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, covering Lakewood High School. Some of her special interests include: sports specific rehab, acupressure techniques, expanding culturally competent care in the sports medicine setting


As the Islamic population grows in this country, so do the number of Muslim athletes.  Religious observances, such as fasting during Ramadan, along with gender specific traditions can provide  a unique challenge within the sports medicine setting.  Having a basic understanding of Islamic religious & cultural customs will enable athletic trainers to manage the health and safety of     these athletes in a culturally competent manner.

Clinical Objectives:

  • Gain a basic understanding of Islamic culture, traditions, & challenges that may be presented in the sports medicine setting
  • Be prepared to address gender specific issues related to providing culturally competent medical care
  • Be able to create a plan addressing the specific needs of athletes fasting for Ramadan during their athletic season

Athletic Training Domain:

Injury/Illness Prevention & Wellness
Immediate & Emergency Care
Organizational & Professional Health & Well-being

Course Level:

Essential Level

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