MCAT ShopTalk 10/23 (Mercer County Certified Athletic Trainers only) - "Title IX & the Role of the Athletic Trainer"

"Title IX & the Role of the Athletic Trainer" - Chelsea Jacoby, M.S., LAT, ATC

Presentation Overview: The prevalence of sexual violence around the country is staggering. Based upon the national statistics, ATs in both the secondary and collegiate settings will inevitably be interacting with and treating these children and young adults who have experienced themselves or have been impacted by sexual violence in some way. Additionally, experiencing sexual violence has been linked to major physical, psychological, and emotional health risks. Not only do clinicians need to be educated in recognizing sexual violence in order to effectively prevent, evaluate, and treat their athletes/patients, but they also need this knowledge for their own personal health, well-being, and safety due to the prevalence of this issue within the healthcare setting itself. As a society, we know that this is happening; yet more can still be done - Furthermore, as healthcare providers have ethical and moral obligations to uphold our to our athletes, patients, colleagues, and friends and doing so starts with having these types of conversations.


  • Discuss what rights all individuals associated with federally funded institutions have (students, faculty, staff, etc. at both high school and college level) under Title IX,
  • Identify which behaviors are protected under Title IX that many students, as well as colleagues, may experience - how to recognize them, what they consist of/the various ways they may present themselves, and how to go about reporting them.
  • Provide an overview of the prevalence of sexual violence within the healthcare field and the various health effects associated with experiencing sexual harassment/violence
  • Tips on how to have the tough conversation with someone who discloses to you that they've experienced some form of sexual harassment/violence
  • Provide insight as to what resources exist within schools/on campuses, locally, federally and how they may be beneficial for an AT working with adolescents/young adults, and just for themselves as healthcare professionals.

Bio: Chelsea Jacoby graduated from Merrimack College with her B.S. in Athletic Training and then went on to Kent State University to complete her M.S. in Exercise Physiology with a concentration in Athletic Training. Currently, Chelsea is pursuing her Doctoral degree from Rutgers University – New Brunswick and works full-time in the Dean of Students Office at The College of New Jersey as their Title IX and Student Conduct Investigator.

Contact Info: Ryan Stevens, Manager - RWJ Hamilton Athletic Training;

RWJ Rehabilitation Center New Jersey Athletic Club (NJAC)

4152 Quakerbridge Road

Floor 2, NJAC

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

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