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Athletic Training

Case Study

Case Study: 

Purpose: This case study will prepare you to work through practical research and be able to produce accurate information. 


Scaffold Information

Scaffold information is the progressive building of information toward a stronger understanding of your topic. As you compile your research one article at a time you incrementally reach higher levels of comprehension. You then take each article, argument or support and use it to support the building of your own argument on the topic. 

Critically Evaluate

Critically evaluate to what extent a statement or findings within a piece of research are true, or to what extent you agree with them. Provide evidence taken from a wide ranger of sources which both agree with and contradict an argument. Come to a final conclusion, basing your decision on what you judge to be the most important factors and justify how you have made your choice. 

Literature Reviews

Discuss published material on a specific area, which can be narrowed down to material within a specific time period. These reviews can enhance your research process by: giving you an overview of the topic, keep you up to date with what is current in the field and give you further material to investigate. The depth and breadth of a paper's literature review validates the credibility of the author(s) in their field. 


Bibliographies can be an aid as you search the literature of an academic field or discipline. When seeking further reading or material on a topic of research, looking at an article's bibliography can be a great help. Further bibliographic resources are subject indexes, annotated bibliographies, or research guides. Looking at these materials can guide you back to original research and assist in the scaffolding process. 

Athletic Training Resources

Use the athletic training databases listed below to search for and find the articles for your assignment. The remaining boxes hold useful information that can assist you with your research further in the semester. 

Use the following databases to help you locate journals articles on your topic of interest. 

Best bets are databases and journals Welder Library subscribes to or allows for open access. Please start your research using these resources. Other resources found are available through Welder Library or on the internet. Use our Interlibrary Loan service to request the article you are looking for. 

Best Bets 

  • Academic Search Ultimate- This database provides access to more than 10,000 active full text journals and magazines cited in key subject indexes. The combination of academic journal, magazines, periodicals, reports, books and videos meets the needs of scholars in virtually every discipline ranging from astronomy, anthropology, biomedicine, engineering, health, law, literacy, mathematics, pharmacology, women's studies, zoology, and more. 
  • CINAHL - CINAHL Complete is a comprehensive source of full-text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 1,300 journals indexed in CINAHL. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index. CINAHL Complete is a research tool for all areas of nursing & allied health literature. 
  • Health Source (Nursing/Academic Edition) - This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many mental disciplines. Also features AHFS Consumer Medication Information, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names. 

Other Resources

  • Education Source - The collection provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,850 academic periodicals and includes full text for more than 1,800 journals, 55 books and monographs, education-related conference papers, citations for over 4 million articles including book reviews and over 100,000 controlled and cross-referenced names of educational tests. 
  • PsycARTICLES - Is a definitive source of full text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. 
  • MEDLINE with Full Text - Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and pre-clinicial sciences found on MEDLINE, plus the database provides full text for more than 1,470 journals indexed in MEDLINE. 
  • CINAHL Complete -  A comprehensive source for full-text for nursing and allied health journals, providing full text for more than 1,300 journals indexed in CINAHL. Provides content and supports occupational therapy, physical therapy, and respiratory therapy programs. 
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials - A bibliography of controlled trials identified by contributors to the Cochrane Collaboration and others, as part of an international effort to hand search the world's journals and create an unbiased source of data for systemic reviews. 
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Contains full text articles, as well as protocols focusing on the effects of health care. Data is evidence-based and is often combined statistically (with meta-analysis) to increase the power of the findings of numerous studies, each too small to produce reliable results individually. 
  • Cochrane Methodology Register - The Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR) is a bibliography of publications which report on methods used in the conduct of controlled trials. It includes journal articles, books and conference proceedings; these articles are taken from the MEDLINE database and from hand searches.