Artificial Intelligence: ChatGPT’s Role in Enhancing Patient Care and Work Efficiency in Athletic Training Practice Settings

Artificial Intelligence: ChatGPT’s Role in Enhancing Patient Care and Work Efficiency in Athletic Training Practice Settings

The athletic training profession is rapidly evolving, yet there remains a notable disconnect between the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, such as ChatGPT, and their current application in clinical and administrative settings. Athletic trainers  aren’t fully utilizing AI for tasks such as clinical decision-making, policy development and efficient data analysis, which are essential for advancing patient care and optimizing operational efficiency. This session aims to bridge this gap by educating ATs about the capabilities and practical applications of AI tools. Many ATs are unaware of the transformative potential of AI in enhancing patient outcomes, improving work efficiency and staying abreast of evolving health care demands. This session will provide attendees with the necessary knowledge and skills to integrate AI into their daily practice, focusing on how ChatGPT can be leveraged in various athletic training scenarios. This session is designed to fill the knowledge gap and empower ATs to meet the unmet needs of their patients through informed AI utilization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and discuss AI applications in common job-related tasks in athletic training such as clinical decision-making, developing and revising policies and procedures and rapid data review and analysis.
  • Demonstrate how to incorporate AI tools, such as ChatGPT, into essential athletic trainer administrative functions and clinical practice.
  • Assess the benefits and limitations of AI in patient care and administrative functions in various athletic training practice settings. 
  • Create a plan for integrating AI solutions to enhance patient care and optimize daily operations.

How is this session relevant to a variety of settings?
This session will provide opportunities for all emerging settings to understand the role of AT, such as a ChatGPT. Additionally, the various applications of ChatGPT are translational across emerging settings. For example, reviewing or creating policies and procedures, proposals, or generating patient/client letters are based on similar requirements just different contexts. Also, rapid data analysis is highly beneficial for developing patient-care decisions.


Domain 1: Risk Reduction Wellness and Health Literacy 
Domain 2: Assessment Evaluation and Diagnosis 
Domain 3: Critical Incident Management 
Domain 4: Therapeutic Intervention 
Domain 5: Health Care Administration and Professional Responsibility

1.0 Category A

In order to earn your CEUs, you must watch the session video in its entirety and complete the assessment.

Ray Castle, PhD, LAT, ATC

Dr. Castle is a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (since 1991), LSBME credentialed athletic trainer (LAT since 1994), and is an American Red Cross Instructor (since 2005). Dr. Castle has an extensive background in education, clinical practice, and professional service spanning over 28 years. Dr. Castle's clinical practice background has included experiences at the high school, college, and international (1996 Atlanta Olympic Games; USOC Sports Medicine Staff for 2003 Pan American Games; and 2004 US Women's Bobsled) levels.

Dr. Castle is a highly active member of the athletic training profession, having made more than 120 presentations at the local, state, national and international levels, numerous publications, as well as serving on various organization committees at state, district, and national levels. Dr. Castle served as Vice President (2013-16) of the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association. At the national level, he has served as chair of the NATA Educational Multimedia Committee (2004-08), a member of the NATA's Education Council Executive Committee (2004-08), board member of NATA Research and Education Foundation (2010-12), and board member on Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (2011-2017).

Dr. Castle has been recognized for his service efforts in the athletic training profession, and has been the recipient of the following honors including:  Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association (LATA) Hall of Fame (2019); Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Bob and Lynn Caruthers Service Award (2018); LSU College of Human Sciences and Education Outstanding Faculty Service Award (2018); National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award (2017); LATA President’s Award (2016); Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA)  Hall of Fame (2014); SEATA Chuck Kimmel Award of Merit (2011); SEATA Education/Administration Award (2009); NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award (2007); SEATA District Award (2005); and Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida (ATAF) College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year Award (2001).

Dr. Castle is the owner of Action Medicine Consultants, LLC. His company provides sports medicine coverage, sports medicine consulting, and related services for organizations and events. He currently serves as medical coordinator for several large-scale events, including the RiverRoux Triathlon, Tiger 10K, Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, and the Louisiana Marathon.  He is married to Katherine Castle since January 2004 and has a son, William, who is a Sports Administration major at the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga.

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Artificial Intelligence: ChatGPT’s Role in Enhancing Patient Care and Work Efficiency in Athletic Training Practice Settings

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