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Journal of Sports Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 391459, 6 pages
Research Article

Validation of the Continuum of Care Conceptual Model for Athletic Therapy

1Department of Health and Physical Education, Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, AB, Canada T3E 6K6
2Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, 2400 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4

Received 30 April 2015; Revised 22 June 2015; Accepted 1 July 2015

Academic Editor: S. John Sullivan

Copyright © 2015 Mark R. Lafave et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Utilization of conceptual models in field-based emergency care currently borrows from existing standards of medical and paramedical professions. The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a comprehensive conceptual model that could account for injuries ranging from nonurgent to catastrophic events including events that do not follow traditional medical or prehospital care protocols. The conceptual model should represent the continuum of care from the time of initial injury spanning to an athlete’s return to participation in their sport. Finally, the conceptual model should accommodate both novices and experts in the AT profession. This paper chronicles the content validation steps of the Continuum of Care Conceptual Model for Athletic Therapy (CCCM-AT). The stages of model development were domain and item generation, content expert validation using a three-stage modified Ebel procedure, and pilot testing. Only the final stage of the modified Ebel procedure reached a priori 80% consensus on three domains of interest: (1) heading descriptors; (2) the order of the model; (3) the conceptual model as a whole. Future research is required to test the use of the CCCM-AT in order to understand its efficacy in teaching and practice within the AT discipline.