Psychologically Informed Clinical Practice: Addressing Psychosocial Factors to Enhance Clinical Outcomes Webinar

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:15
Webinar Fee: 
$15.00 for NATA members / $25.00 for non-members
Target Audience: 
Athletic Trainers
Shelby Elyse Baez PhD, ATC
Dr. Baez is an Assistant Professor and certified athletic trainer in the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University. Additionally, Dr. Baez has training in sports psychology, including supervised applied hours towards certification of mental performance consultant. Dr. Baez’ research examines the impact of psychological responses on clinical outcomes after traumatic knee injury in the high functioning, physically active population. Dr. Baez’ research agenda has two main areas of focus. The first area of focus is to identify consequences of maladaptive psychological responses on the central nervous system. Dr. Baez has previously used neuroimaging techniques and neurocognitive assessments to investigate these consequences. The second area of focus is to examine the efficacy of psychoeducation interventions and cognitive behavioral therapies on decreasing maladaptive psychological responses after traumatic knee injury. These techniques range from relaxation training and imagery techniques to implementation of exposure therapies. Dr. Baez has received external funding from the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Research and Education Foundation and the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers' Association. Her recent work has been featured in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Journal of Sports Rehabilitation, Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training, and Physical Therapy in Sport.
Psychologically informed clinical practice is a biopsychosocial approach to rehabilitation that integrates cognitive-behavioral techniques into traditional musculoskeletal rehabilitation. This approach to rehabilitation allows the clinician to address the physical and psychosocial impairments that result from musculoskeletal injury. Evidence suggests the integration of cognitive-behavioral techniques can improve clinical outcomes and enhance patient-centered care. Examples of these techniques include: motivational interviewing, relaxation training, goal setting, and activity-based treatments, such as graded exposure therapy. Education and discussion on how to implement these techniques into traditional musculoskeletal rehabilitation will occur. Simulated examples of patient cases will also be reviewed and discussed.
Athletic Training Domains: 
Domain 4 – Therapeutic Intervention
Course Level: 
Clinical Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

Participants will be able to explain psychologically informed clinical practice.
Participants will be able to discuss cognitive behavioral techniques to decrease psychosocial impairments after musculoskeletal injury.
Participants will be able to implement relaxation training techniques into athletic training clinical practice.
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