Date of Publication


Degree Type

Honors Thesis


Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education

First Advisor

Dr. Timothy Henry, Athletic Training Program Director and Associate Professor, KSSPE


As medical professionals, athletic trainers are focused on the overall well-being of their patients. When an injury occurs, the entire extent of the impact the injury has on a patient’s life and daily activities needs to be taken into consideration. Like other medical professionals, we have adopted the use of the World Health Organization’s ICF model. This disablement model is used to organize clinical decisions in order to best provide evidence-based care. It provides a framework for documenting a patient’s ability to function and the disability. One major key of the ICF model is the use of common language to communicate between medical professionals of different backgrounds. The documentation from the disablement model can provide information for research on the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions, thus demonstrating the true value of athletic training services. ("ICF Model: A Framework for Athletic Training Practice", 2016)