Student Handbook - Appearance and Attitude
Clinical Education – Professionalism
As a University of Maine Athletic Training Student, you are representing first and foremost, yourself. But never forget the fact that you are also representing the Athletic Training Education Program, the University of Maine, and the profession of Athletic Training. Proper attire when working as an athletic training student (ATS) is important in order for you to be identified as a medical professional. You will be required to wear appropriate ATS attire at all times while in an athletic training observation or during a clinical education field experience. You will not be allowed to earn observation or clinical experience hours if you are not in compliance with the ATS professional dress code.
- Nice pants or shorts. No jeans or sweat pants.
- UMaine ATS t-shirt, collared shirt, or approved alternative.
- Practical shoes (athletic shoes and socks); no open-toed shoes.
- Hats may be worn outdoors only.
- As approved by the supervising ATC.
- Hair should kept away from your face in order to work with athletes.
- Maintain normal hygiene in respect to cleanliness and health.
- Jewelry should be minimal and should not detract from your professional appearance or your ability to perform specific duties.
- Tattoos should be covered while on duty.
- Act and speak professionally.
- Respect those in supervisory positions.
- Understand your relationship with the multifaceted sports medicine team:
- Team Physician
- Contracted Specialists (Podiatry, Orthopedics)
- Head Athletic Trainer
- Supervising Athletic Trainers
- On-campus health care providers (Cutler Health)
- Off-campus health care providers (Physical Therapy, Dentist, etc.)
- Take initiative when you can and know your skill level.
- Enjoy learning!